Hot nights can affect your sleep quality, here is how to stay cool and sleep better.
Sweaty nights can have a negative impact on your sleep quality, and warm summer days become unbearable when sleep deprived. We put together a list of quick fixes, in order to make sure you keep your sleep quality under control this summer.
- Cover the windows. Close the curtains in your bedroom to keep the heat out. If it’s hotter outside than inside, do not open the windows. If you’re still craving a bit of breeze, wait until sunset to open the windows.
- Stay low. Remember what you were told in school – heat rises. If you live in a house with multiple stories, sleep on one of the lower floors. The closer you are to the ground, the colder the air.
- Cotton is king. Always opt for pure cotton bedding and sleep wear. Save the silk and satin bed sheets for a different occasion. For added comfort, you can stick your sheets in the freezer for a while before tucking yourself in. Don’t cover yourself in anything but cotton. A loose fitting t-shirt and a pair of shorts is the perfect combo.
- Be a loner. No matter how cozy it is to snuggle up, a hot summer night might not be the perfect time for cuddles. Sleep in separate beds or avoid sleeping all tangled up. Body heat transfers. The same person who acts as your handy personal heater during winter might be causing you to overheat during the hot summer months.
- H2O. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated during night. This will help your body regulate its temperature. Just make sure you don’t drink too much right before bed, what goes in must come out!
- If all else fails, turn to ice. Take a cold shower before bed. Keep a glass of ice next to you, and dab your wrists and neck to cool down. If you own a hot water bottle, fill it with ice water and tuck it in with you in bed. If you don’t own a hot water bottle – fill a sock with grains, stick it in the freezer for an hour, and you have a little friend to keep you cool for up to 30 minutes – enough time to fall asleep for most people!
Use notes in Sleep Cycle to follow up on the effects of your changes, and figure out what works best for you! If you’re on iOS and haven’t tried Life Cycle yet, give it a go and check out what daily activities affect your sleep quality this summer.