No doubt you've had hot summer nights where you were tossing and turning in your bed, dripping with sweat, and trying to sleep in what are now soaking wet sheets. If so, you're not alone. Many people can't avoid brutal summer temperatures. And whether you don't have air conditioning or are just looking to save money on energy costs by not running it, you still need to be cool, right?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to relax and get some sleep, even in a stifling, sticky bedroom. So, how do you stay cool while sleeping without air conditioning? Here are some creative ways.
Consume Foods that Cool Your Body
When you're trying to beat the heat, forget the ice cream. Instead, grab some body-cooling foods that will cool your body down naturally. These can include:
- Leafy Greens
The CDC also says these cooling foods hydrate your body and keep you cool.
Move Your Bed
Not only is it important to learn how to keep your body cool, but do you know how to keep your bed cool? If your bed is next to a window, it will absorb the heat from the sun streaming through. Not only should you shut your curtains and blinds during the day to keep the sun's rays out, but you may want to move your bed to an area that's shaded. Also, if your bedroom is on the top floor of your home, consider moving it to a lower level that's cooler since heat rises.
Improve Your Sleep Environment
Sometimes, all it takes is making some minor improvements to your sleeping environment. For instance, wear light pajamas or PJs that wick away moisture. You may not want to wear pajamas at all.
Fans are a good because they keep the air circulating. However, you can also put the fan in a window facing outdoors so that it draws the warm air out of your room and blows it outside. At night, when the temperature cools, you can use the window fan to draw in cool air.
Also, if your bedroom has a ceiling fan, you’ll want to set it to run counter-clockwise. This will cause the fan to blow the air straight down.
If you still find yourself waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, or if it's simply too hot to sleep, try investing in a cooling pad for your mattress. Cooling mattress pads, like a gel mattress topper, are growing in popularity these days, because instead of retaining all your heat that makes you sweat, they keep you cool at night instead.
A pillow that stays cool is a good addition to your cooling mattress topper. It's a special type of pillow made of gel that provides you with cool ventilation while you're sleeping. Furthermore, the best cooling pillow will support your neck and back, keeping you comfortable.
Drink Ice Cold Water
Although this may not be that creative and it may seem that drinking water is the answer to many problems, you can add keeping your body cool to the list. According to the CDC, drinking water is a great way to keep your body's AC working.
The summer months are not going to get much cooler, but you still need your sleep. Therefore, you can help cool yourself, your bed, and your bedroom by following some of the tips above. You don't have to deal with feeling hot and sweaty when you're trying to get a good night’s sleep.