8 Keys to Staying Cool No Matter the Temperature
If you’re feeling hot at night or sweating a lot, it’s difficult to log the seven to eight hours of recommended sleep you need. And while night sweats, hot flashes, and other issues can make it tough to stay cool year-round, it’s even more difficult to keep the bedroom at a reasonable temperature during the summer months. Sure, summer brings barbecues, beach days, and plenty of sunshine, but the muggy, soaring temperatures can make it a bit harder to sleep at night.
Even if the weather is heating up, you can take some measures to ensure you’re staying cool at night. From taking a cool shower to putting cooling sheets on your bed, here’s a look at eight keys to staying cool as you sleep, no matter the temperature.
1 – Drop the Temperature in the Room
Keeping your bedroom at the right temperature is essential for getting a good night of rest. According to Sleep.org, the ideal bedroom temperature is somewhere between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. Body temperature decreases as your body tries to initiate sleep, so dropping the temperature in the room can make it easier for you to sleep at night and can make hot flashes or night sweats a bit easier to handle.
2 – Try a Cool Shower Before Sleeping
If you want to feel cool when you slip into bed, try taking a cool shower before you sleep. It can help your body cool down, but avoid making the water too cold. Water that’s too cold can stimulate the natural heat production of your body — the opposite of what you want. Keep the water temperature at about room temperature or just a bit cooler. You’ll feel cool and refreshed when you lay down.
3 – Limit Alcohol Intake Before Bed
While you may think a relaxing glass of chilled wine is an excellent option before bed, it can keep you from sleeping and feeling cool. Alcohol can dehydrate you, raising your body temperature — the last thing you want at night. Skip the wine and other types of alcohol a couple of hours before bedtime. Stick with a cold glass of water instead.
4 – Wear Light Clothing
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that you wear light clothing at night to stay cool. Avoid wearing anything thick and heavy when you go to bed. You can find pajamas made from special materials that wick away moisture, which may be helpful if you have night sweats or hot flashes. Some people even prefer sleeping au naturel at night to stay cool, although the jury’s still out on whether or not that makes a positive difference.
5 – Add a Fan to Your Bedroom
Consider adding a fan to your bedroom to help keep the area cool. Place it in an area that will offer good air circulation, but don’t allow it to blow directly on your head — this can make it more difficult to sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, investing in two fans to create a nice cross breeze may cool it down more effectively. The more airflow you have going, the cooler you’re going to feel at night. Many people find that the noise of a fan is soothing, too, making it easier to fall asleep.
6 – Eat Lightly in the Evening
Eating a big meal in the evening means that your body has to work to digest it, raising your body temperature. Avoid this problem by eating lightly during the evening, especially during warmer weather. A small meal or a light salad are both perfect options. It’s also a good idea to avoid eating spicy foods, which can exacerbate hot flashes and night sweats.
7 – Unplug Electronics in the Bedroom
You probably don’t think about it, but electronics increase the heat in your home. If you have multiple electronics plugged in within your bedroom, it’s going to make the area hotter. Keep things cooler at night by unplugging any electronics that aren’t being used. For electronics that you have to keep plugged in at night for charging purposes, try keeping them away from the bed, so the heat from them doesn’t affect you while you’re trying to get some shut-eye.
8 – Choose Stay Cool Sheets
One of the most critical keys to staying cool at night, no matter the temperature, is to choose stay cool sheets. Some types of sheets make you feel hot, or they may even leave you in a puddle of sweat if you get night sweats, which is likely to wake you up at night. What you need is sheets made of high-performance moisture-wicking fabric that’s not only lightweight and breathable, but also wicks moisture away from your body at night, so you’re cooler, drier, and comfortable.
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