How to Stay Cool at Night
Sometimes it is just so hard to get to sleep, especially
when the weather is so hot. You may have tried opening the windows a bit but
feel as though you are getting nowhere. Today I am going to share some tips on
how to stay cool at night. You can keep those summer nights cool! Let us find
Take a cool shower
- Having a shower when the weather is hot can help you so
much. Just get in some cold water for a few minutes and relax. Having a shower
when the weather is hot will help you to unwind and be refreshed. Why not wash
with some summer scented soap, this will allow you to calm down and perhaps
prepare your mind and body to be able to get to sleep.
- Even a warm shower will
do you more good than if you just go to bed feeling groggy- if you really don’t
want to get in a cold shower. But having
a cold shower is a good idea.
- A cold shower does much to invigorate and release
you from all the sweat you may have built up on a hot day. Make sure to
brush your teeth before getting in the shower if you can, it will ensure the
optimum level of comfort. Having a shower without brushing your teeth can be
like can be like tying one shoelace up without the other. You need to do both
to get somewhere.
Wear the Right Clothes
- After having your shower, it is a good idea to change into
some comfortable clothes. Now is not the time for that big woolly jumper of
course. Pick the right pyjamas to enjoy a good, comfortable sleep.
- Find some
clothes made out of lighter materials that will not trap you in heat. Materials
like silk and cotton are very good choices. Cotton is naturally lightweight and
soft to the touch. Cotton is also 'breathable' and does not tend to irritate
the skin. Silk is an amazing thermo regulator, it keeps you warm when you are
cold and cool when you are warm. Sleeping in light, breathable silk pyjamas or
on cool silk sheets will help to turn down the heat.
- The fit also matters a lot
when finding the best clothes to go to bed in. Choose loose pyjamas, which will
allow you to move around easily when you sleep instead of being tightening or
- Don’t forget your feet. Warming you feet too much can cause your
entire body to become hot. So if you are
finding trouble getting to sleep because of the weather, then leave the socks
out. But at the end of the day personal comfort is what is most important when
picking the proper sleep wear for you, whether that means a silk gown, classic
cotton pyjamas, a cool t-shirt, or nothing at all.
Drink water before bed
- Water will solve many problems when it comes to heat. And a
sleepless night due to intense heat is one of them. So be sure to have a glass of cold water
(with ice if you wish) when it is hot at night.
- Having a glass of water before
you got to bed will also help your body replenish the fluids it loses through
the day from normal activity - especially during a hot day when you lose a
great deal of water from sweating.
- By drinking water before bed, your hormone
levels, energy levels, muscles and joints become balanced. This helps you relax
and feel rejuvenated - how important that is when hot nights make you feel
Try the 'Egyptian' Method
- The Egyptians certainly knew how to keep cool on those hot summer evenings. So why not try out an expert method? The Egyptian method involves dampening a sheet or a towel that is large enough
to cover you in cool water and using it as a blanket.
- To avoid dampening your mattress,
lay a dry towel or sheet on your bed, underneath your body and use the wet
sheet as a blanket over you. The best
results are achieved when the towel is quite damp but not dripping wet. The damp
blanket will keep you cool and will help you sleep well through the night.
Alternatively, you could cool your bed sheets by placing one
inside a plastic bag and leaving it in the freezer for a while. Remove it right
before bedtime and do not forget to sleep with your bare feet out of the
sheets, you do not need your feet getting damp.
- You could also hang a wet sheet in front of an
open window. When the air passes through the damp cloth, the moisture cools it
off and this in turn, cools you down.
Turn off the Lights
- Turn of the lights. This tip is pretty self-explanatory. All light bulbs give off heat, even low energy light bulbs. So switching off the
lights will help keep the room cooler. Fortunately, during summer it stays
lighter for longer, so this should not really be a problem.
- It may be a good
idea to turn off (and even unplug) all the appliances in your bedroom like your
TV, computer and laptops. You'll save
energy and reduce the amount of heat being given off in your bedroom.
Fan + Bowl of Ice
- Another way to stay cool at night is by placing a bowl of
ice in front of a fan.
- Get a bag of ice cubes and empty the entire bag into a
wide shallow container.
- Place the container of ice directly in front of the fan
and you, trying to make it level with the top of your bed.
- The breeze will pick
up cold water The ice-cooled air will be noticeably more refreshing and should
help you get to sleep much quicker.
Spread out while sleeping
- Spread out and relax on your bed. Yes be a bed-hogger and
enjoy the space. Sleep in a spread-eagle position with your arms and legs not
touching each other.
- This way, heat does not gather around your limbs. It is
the best sleeping position for letting air circulate around the body and
reducing overall body heat.
Chill out with a cold water bottle
- Use a cold water bottle to stay cool! Hot water bottles are
very comforting things to have when it's cold or when we feel rough in bed. But water bottles are also brilliant things to have to help you stay cool at night.
- You can
buy a simple drug-store hot water
bottle, fill it about half-full and leave it in the freezer until hard.
place it under your pillow or by your head if you prefer and this will keep you
cool up until you fall asleep. Placed under your pillow, a cold water bottle will provide a huge burst
of extra chill every time you flip over
your pillow at night. This will make sleeping a lot easier on a hot night.
So I hoped you enjoyed reading my tips on how to stay cool
at night. Those scorching hot summer
nights can be conquered! Be sure to try out these tips the next time you find
it hard to go to bed, and you just need to chill down and cool your room.
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