As we move through July, temperatures are starting to reach scorching levels that can make for some uncomfortable nights. Seriously, there’s nothing worse than not being able to sleep because you're too hot. Lack of sleep is never a good thing for your physical or mental health. Yes, you could simply open the window, but we all know, sometimes the breeze just isn’t blowing. Use these tips to stay cool and sleep better.
Cotton is Cooler
When it is hot, light-weight colored cotton sheets tend to be cooler than silk or polyester. They tend to be breathable and allow for a little ventilation if a breeze happens to blow through.
Freeze the Sheets
Most people probably wouldn’t think of placing their sheets in the freezer; however this works. Fold your sheets and place them in a plastic bag a few minutes before bed. Right before you hop into bed, make your bed with your cold sheets. This will give you a quick cool down as you jump into bed.
If you are tossing and turning at night, you could be a bit dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of cold water before bed. Be careful not to drink too much or you might have to wake up for a bathroom call.
Shower Before Bed
Usually, you would not think of a cold shower as a way to relax and fall asleep. However, when temperatures reach scorching and unbearable, a cold shower will bring down your core body temperature and rinse off any sweat. You’ll be more comfortable throughout the night.
Camp at Home
A fun family activity is to pitch a tent in the backyard. It’s a great way to have a little family adventure and keep cool.
Move The Cooking Outside
When it’s hot, the last thing you want to do is heat your house with a warm oven. Try cooking meals outside on the grill. This will help keep your home cooler in the evenings.
Use Natural Light
Reducing the use of lights will help your utility bill and help cool down your house. It is best to let natural light in and use as little electricity as possible.