Summer temperatures can make it pretty difficult to fall asleep. A hot, sticky room makes for a long night of tossing and turning. If you’re looking for a few ways to get some shut eye without cranking up the AC, you’ve come to the right place!
Here are ten simple ways to fall asleep when it’s incredibly HOT:
Turn off all the lights at night and unplug all your electronics. Even small appliances can give off heat. Reducing the total heat in your house at night can help you save energy and cool down.
2. Adjust Your Fan
If you have a box fan, point it out the window so it pushes the hot air out. Adjust your ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise. This will help pull hot air up and out, instead of just pushing it around the room.
3. Let Loose
If you’re constantly hot at night, it might be time to rethink your pj’s. Sleeping in sweatpants isn’t going to help keep you cool. Choose a lose, soft cotton shirt and shorts. Or better yet, forgo the clothes altogether!
4. Use A Cool Compress
If you need to cool down fast, use an ice pack or a cold compress. Apply it to your wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles and behind your knees for a quick cool-down.
5. Invest In A Chillow
Do you constantly flip your pillow over at night to find the cool side? If so, consider investing in a chillow (USA) (International) – a pillow that stays cool at night through water circulation. No more pillow flips!
6. Cool Off
A cold shower often hits the spot in the summertime. Rinse off in some cool water before bed to bring down your core body temperature and rinse off sweat. You’ll hit the sheets feeling cool and clean.
7. Get Low
Remember that hot air rises. The closer you are to the ground, the cooler you’ll feel. Consider lowering your bed or sleeping downstairs to beat the heat.
8. Create A Cross-breeze
Position a fan across from a window. The outside wind, combined with the wind from the fan, will create a cross-breeze that is sure to cool you down!
9. Chill Your Sheets
Throw your sheets in a plastic bag and place them in the freezer for a few minutes before bed. They won’t stay cold all night long, but it will help you beat the heat and humidity when you crawl into bed!
10. Make A DIY Air Conditioner
Fill a shallow pan or bowl with ice and place it in front of a fan. As the ice melts, the breeze will pick up some of the cold water from the ice. Just like that, you have your own cooling mist at night!