There is so much excitement when summer approaches as there are so many things you can do to enjoy. However, it’s also the very same season that gives you headaches when it comes to sleeping and relaxing at night. Hot summer nights are quite a burden for many people, and that should include you. Nonetheless, there are several convenient ways to beat the heat at night even without increasing your energy expenses by firing up the air conditioning system.
To begin, here’s a great article from Greatist.com, called “24 Tricks to Survive Hot Summer Nights (Without AC).” Let’s take a look at seven of these tricks:
1. Choose cotton.
Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.
2. Feel the freezer burn.
Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend placing them in a plastic bag first (unless eu de frozen pizza is your fave aromatherapy scent). Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.
3. Get cold comfort.
Here’s a four-seasons tip for keeping utilities charges down: Buy a hot water bottle. In winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty toes without cranking the thermostat. During summer, stick it in the freezer to create a bed-friendly ice pack.
4. Be creative.
If you thought fans are just for blowing hot air around, think again! Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room.
5. Sleep like an Egyptian.
If there seem to be a lot of Egyptian references in this list, it’s because those Nile-dwellers knew how to do it right. The so-called “Egyptian method” involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. We recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress.
6. Get loose.
Less is definitely more when it comes to summertime jammies. Pick a loose, soft cotton shirt and shorts or underwear. Going full nudie during a heat wave is (unsurprisingly) controversial. Some people believe it helps keep them cool, while others claim going au natural means sweat stays on the body instead of being wicked away by fabric. We’re going to chalk this one up to personal preference.
7. Go old-school
Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Us neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) 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.
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Put in mind that the way your bedroom is arranged and the atmosphere inside will contribute to its temperature. So even if you have the air conditioning system turned on, if you have tons of clutter or if you are using sleeping mattresses and blankets that trap heat, you’ll never feel cool. Consider those tips above and you’ll feel better without the need to use more of your AC.
Aside from those seven tips, here’s another bunch of tips courtesy of Pillo1.com, in the article “5 TIPS FOR KEEPING COOL ON HOT SUMMER NIGHTS.”
1. Cool or luke-warm shower before bed
Lowering your body temperature before bed will make it easier for you to fall asleep on a hot night. Take a 5 minute luke warm or tepid shower before retiring and sleep with little to no cloths.
2. Drink an 8 oz. glass of ice water before bed
Having an 8 oz. glass of ice water before bed will help to cool your core system and help to keep you hydrated throughout the night which also helps produce melatonin, the important sleeping hormone.
3. Open windows
Assuming the outside temperature is lower than the interior of your home, opening a window will most likely lower your room temperature and possibly most likely increase your room’s circulation, allowing the (convection of) air to pull heat away from your body.
4. Use fans to increase air circulation
A medium sized fan (preferably with oscillation) will increase the air circulation, improving your slumber. Again, the concept of ‘convection’ occurs which allows heat to be pulled from the skin and increasing the possibility of allowing cooler air to enter into your lungs.
5. Layer your sheets and blankets
Layering your cool cotton sheets and shedding the warm quilts and comforters that you used during the winter will be a good start. Always have a blanket or two available as a top layer in case your body cools too much and you want to regain some gentle warmth around 3 AM. Bottom line, layering lighter blankets during the summer is a great idea for summer nights. Also, open your sheets 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed as this often will allow them to cool off before your body hits your mattress, making that first 2-4 hours of very important sleep to be more effective. Remember, your deepest sleep occurs when your body temperature is lowered approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit during your sleep..
The one thing you should remind yourself is that staying cool on hot summer nights does not really correspond to spending money or putting the air conditioning on maximum the entire night. Sometimes, we forget about those little and simple ways to combat heat that we need to be constantly reminded of it.