8 Tips for Sleeping in the Heat
Sleeping in the summer heat without air conditioning can be very uncomfortable! Here are 8 tips to help you drift off to sleep a little easier.
- Keep a fan running. There is nothing worse than hot, stagnant air. Keep fresh air circulating by running a fan.
- Try a bamboo summer sleeping mat on your bed to allow for better air circulation. These are popular in Taiwan where summers are very hot.
- Swap your regular pillow for one filled with buckwheat. The buckwheat hulls allow air to circulate through the pillow, cooling it off quickly.
- Drink something cool before bed. It will temporarily cool down your core body temperature.
- Avoid using incandescent (old fashioned) lightbulbs in your bedroom, even as a nightlight, since they give off heat. Fluorescents and LEDs are much cooler. But watch out for their light spectrum — you wouldn't want too much blue in the light at bedtime since that can interfere with sleep.
- Go to bed later. Not all schedules can allow for this, but going to bed later in the evening, once the air has started to cool, can make for a more comfortable night of sleep.
- Shower at night. A cool shower before bed can help keep the body temperature down, especially after a hot and sweaty day.
- Dress light. Gravitate towards light, loose-fitting clothes and avoid wearing socks.