Sleeping on a hot night is no easy task (especially without air conditioning) but there are plenty of easy changes you can make to beat the heat. We've selected a few of our favorite tips to share to help you cool off and get a better night's sleep.
1. Sleep on it
Your head is one of the hottest parts on your body. Fluffy pillows made with synthetic materials actually trap in heat, making it harder to sleep. In the summer months, we recommend natural fabrics like 100% cotton or Bamboo for more breathable options.
Fight the heat with our Gel Pillow, designed to be temperature-regulating and breathable, so you can relax and sleep cool.
2. Cool it
Again, avoid synthetic fabrics in your bedroom. Breathable, lightweight fabrics like 100% cotton are best for keeping your bed ventilated during sleep.
Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed - this chill won't last all night but the extra cooling right when you get in bed may help you fall asleep faster.
3. Get loose
Wear loose, lightweight pajamas to keep from overheating. Less is more, so comfy shorts and tanks (again, cotton is optimal) and bare feet should be your go-to look at night.
Save cuddling for the winter months as well, since sharing body heat will make you both even warmer, and spread out as much as you can.
4. Fan out
Position a fan across from a window, so the wind from outside and the fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze.
Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just pushing it around the room.
Position a shallow pan or bowl full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
5. Pulse it
To chill out immediately, apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, ankles, and behind the knees.
Keep ice packs at pulse points throughout the night.
6. Be cool
Rinsing off under tepid water brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat so you can feel cool and clean.
Go to bed with damp hair to keep a cooler head while you sleep.
7. Get the low down
Hot air rises, so set up your bed as close to the ground as possible. In a one-story home, that means hauling the mattress down from a higher bed and putting it on the floor.
If you live in a multi-floor house, sleep on the ground floor or in the basement instead of an upper story.
8. Go environmental
Light bulbs (even CFLs) give off heat. Fortunately, summer means it stays light until nighttime. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible, and keep rooms cool by using lights minimally or not at all.
Appliances give off heat, even when turned off. Reduce total heat in the house (and save energy) by keeping plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use.
Don't touch the stove or oven. Eat cool, room-temperature dishes (like salads and sandwiches) to avoid generating any more heat in the house. If hot food is in order, fire up the grill outside instead of turning on the oven.
Furthermore, swap big meals for lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after a large amount of heavy food than a small, light meal.