7 Sleep Tips for the Dog Days of Summer
Posted byAndrea King Collier
When the temperatures climb into the 80s, 90s and even 100s, it can be hard to stay comfortable during the day and it may be unbearable at night. Check out these seven sleep tips that hopefully will make your beauty sleep in the dog days of summer more restful.
1. Blast the Air Conditioning
Of course, the easiest way to control a stifling environment is to crank the AC, if you’re lucky enough to have one. If you’re energy-conscious and keep it off during the day, set the thermostat for the perfect sleeping temperature an hour before bed. Whether you have central air conditioning or a window unit, giving it 60 minutes to do its thing is bound to make your hot nights much easier to bear.
2. Prep Your Bedroom
Get your sleep environment ready hours before you turn in. Keep your blinds closed and windows shut during the day when it’s hotter outside than inside. At night when the outside temperatures drop a bit, open the windows and catch a cool breeze.
3. Become a Fan of Fans
No air conditioning, no problem. Get those fans out and put them to work. As the temperature drops, place one box fan in a window to blow the cooler air into your bedroom, and turn one of your window units to blow out hot air. If you have the luxury of having oscillating fans, place them strategically around the room so you get a real breeze flowing through the room.
4. Relocate Electronics
Turn off your gear and electronics. All the things you love like smartphones, laptops and tablets can ramp up the heat in a room. PC Magazine reports that the average laptop runs about 85 to 95° Fahrenheit, but can reach up to 125°!1 By turning them off an hour before bedtime or removing them from your bedroom altogether, your room may feel cooler. Turn the lights off, too.
5. Enjoy a Cold Shower
Take a brisk shower before heading to bed. But if icy water is not your thing, you may still get relief from a shower of any temperature. Just know that really hot showers and baths can raise the humidity levels.
6. Dress for Success
Dress for sleep success, that is. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting pajamas or nightgowns to bed. Cotton is a great breathable fabric, says Bustle.2 And keep extra sleepwear close by in case you wake up sweaty and require a wardrobe change.
7. Dress the Bed
Speaking of cotton, use your lightest weight cotton sheets and a light cotton blanket or throw. Your year-round comforter may be too heavy for the hot summer nights and be keeping you from a good night of sleep. New products like cool comforters and temperature regulating pillows and mattresses may help you get a more comfy sleep in the summer heat.
1Cheng, Cisco. “‘Toasted Skin Syndrome’ Caused by Hot Laptops.” PC Magazine. October 14, 2010. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2370773,00.asp
2Patton, Katie. “The Best And Worst Fabrics For Sweaty People Because Everybody Sweats But We Don’t Have To Like It.” Bustle. June 10, 2015. https://www.bustle.com/articles/89224-the-best-and-worst-fabrics-for-sweaty-people-because-everybody-sweats-but-we-dont-have-to
- Posted by Andrea King Collier
- On August 11, 2017