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Tips for Restful Sleep On Hot Summer Nights

June 6, 2024

When it's hot outside and your home can’t seem to get to a comfortable temperature, getting a good night's sleep may seem impossible. 

Luckily, with a few clever tips and tricks, you can turn your bedroom into a cool oasis, ensuring a restful slumber even on the hottest of nights. Let’s explore a few top tips for getting restful sleep on hot summer nights.

Choosing the Right Bed Linens 

When temperatures rise, swap out your regular sheets for breathable sheets made of cotton or bamboo. These materials wick away sweat and provide a fresh, cooling sensation against the skin. You can also add a cooling mattress topper under the sheets. 

They help regulate body temperature and pull excess heat away from the body, which may help you get more comfortable sleep. If you really want a chill when you get into bed you can even stick your pillowcase or pajamas into the freezer for a few minutes before bed.

Take Advantage of Cool Air Flow

Positioning a fan or two near windows can create a cross-breeze to allow cooler air in and push hot air out. You can even place a tray of ice in front of the fan. The fan will blow the chilled air, creating a refreshing breeze throughout the room. If you use a ceiling fan, remember to have your fan set to turn counter-clockwise in the summer to circulate cool air rather than warm.

Get Energy Efficient To Keep Your Home Comfortable

If your bedroom gets a lot of sunlight during the day, it will be hot at night. Close your blinds or even consider using blackout curtains to block out sunlight so the room stays cooler during the day. 

Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs, as they produce less heat and help keep the room cooler. If possible, install awnings or shade sails outside the windows to reduce the amount of direct sunlight that enters the room.

Lower Your Own Body Temperature

If all else fails, focus less on cooling your environment and more on getting your body to cool down. A cool shower after a hot day can be very refreshing and it also helps you cool down before bed. If you don’t have time for a shower, even a cool washcloth on your forehead or neck can help your body relax and prepare for a peaceful night.

Sleeping when it's hot outside doesn't have to be a struggle. With these tips, you can transform your bedroom into a haven of cool comfort and enjoy restful sleep even during the hottest nights of summer. 

If you notice that you regularly struggle to sleep, be sure to contact your doctor to see if there might be an underlying cause keeping you from getting the high-quality sleep you need.

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