Summer is fantastic. There’s not much better than sitting out in your garden in the sun, relaxing with a cold drink and enjoying the warm rays on your skin. Even working in the sunshine feels much nicer than being stuck in an office while it’s dark and grey outside. But it isn’t all great. Being hot all of the time can start to get tiring. You might struggle with sunburn and dry skin and hair. Many of us have trouble with seasonal allergies at this time of the year, and sleeping in warm weather can be a bit of a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s look at some things that you can do to make sure you get a good night’s sleep, no matter how warm it is through the night.
Check Your Air Conditioning
Most modern homes, at least, are built with pre-installed air-conditioning units. Even if yours wasn’t, chances are you’ve added one over the years if you live in a particularly warm area. If you are still having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, it might be time to look at A/C replacement or have your air conditioning serviced and repaired. We service our boiler once a year, but so many of us neglect the air con, pay it some attention to keep it working at its best.
Change Your Bedding
Of course, not all of us have AC, and even those that do might have nights without it when it’s broken. On these occasions, it’s essential to choose the right bedding. Throw off the high tog count duvet and stick to light, breathable cotton sheets that are soft and let the air flow.
Freeze Your PJs
Many people find that once they are asleep, they are fine, but getting to sleep in a hot stuffy room is tough. Pop your PJs, and your pillowcase in a freezer bag and lock them in the freezer for a few minutes before you go to bed. They’ll warm back up as the night goes on, but should stay cool for long enough to help you get to sleep.
Reduce Your Body Temperature
A cold shower before you get into bed can help to reduce your body temperature, as well as washing off any sweat from the day. Applying an ice pack to the pulses around your wrists, neck, elbows, and ankles before you get into bed can also decrease your body temperature.
Keep Things Loose
Don’t get out of your cold shower and cover up in thick, tight PJs. Stick to loose-fitting cotton PJs for a cooler night. Or, skip the PJs altogether.
Open Your Windows
Opening the window in your room is great. But, if possible, try to create a cross breeze by opening other windows in your home and leaving internal doors open. If it’s still hot, hang a wet sheet out of your window to create a more cooling breeze.
Have a Spicy Dinner
Eating spicy food right before bed might mean that you lie there fighting off the food sweats, feeling very hot and clammy. But, eat a spicy dinner a few hours before bed and the sweats will have time to reduce your body temperature.