Air conditioning isn’t for everybody, for a variety of reasons. For some people, it’s impractical, for others too expensive. Some individuals don’t like sleeping in air conditioning due to the cold air or sound.
So, what’s a person to do to get a good night’s sleep during a blistering heat wave this summer?
Here are three practical ways to keep yourself cool and sleep well no matter how warm it might be in your bedroom.
1. Use water to cool off. Water can be an effective cooling agent in multiple ways. Try a cold shower before bed and leave your hair wet. Placing an ice pack, water bottle, or compress on your head may also cool your body down. You can also spritz yourself with a water-filled spray bottle and stand in front of a fan.
Soaking your feet in a basin of cold water for ten minutes before going to bed is a quick way to stay cool. Heat is lost more quickly through your feet and your head, so a foot soak can help you beat the heat.
2. Create a cool environment in your bedroom. A simple way to stay cool at night is to change your heavy bedding for lighter items. Remove any thick comforters or blankets as well as mattress covers and exchange them for lightweight, cotton weave blankets that allow body heat to escape. Place cool, light-colored cotton sheets on the bed as well.
As tempting as it is to keep the shades in your bedroom open on a humid, muggy day, if you don’t want to pay the price at night, shut those shades. Keeping the blinds down blocks out the sun’s heat and stops the room from heating up during the day, keeping you cooler at night.
3. Sleep like an Egyptian. Your sleep position can make a huge difference on how well you sleep during a heatwave. Try the Egyptian method, a popular way in which to keep cool at night.
Take a large towel or bed sheet, soak it in water, then place it in the washing machine on the spin cycle; wringing it out by hand will work, too. Cover yourself with the sheet before bedtime, and let the latent heat do the job from there. Make sure you have some air circulation in the room, such as a fan or open window.
No air conditioning? No problem! Use the above suggestions to keep your cool and sleep well this summer.