How to Beat the Heat- Eight Tricks to Sleeping Cool

It’s that time of the year. Kids are out of school, vacations are taking place, the days are filled with fun and laughter, and the nights are spent tossing and turning in the sweat soaked sheets. We all know nothing is worse then trying to sleep in a hot and sticky bedroom. With or without our God sent air conditioners how do we sleep in the prime sleep temperature (between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit)?

  1. Cotton, bamboo, and Tencel sheets are your best friends in the midst of a summer heat wave. They are moister wicking, lightweight, and provide airflow for optimal sleeping. 
  2. Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just moving it around the room.
  3. For summertime jammies pick a loose, soft cotton shirt and shorts or underwear. Going full nudie during a heat wave is controversial, however some people believe it helps keep them cool, while others claim going au natural means sweat stays on the body instead of being wicked away by fabric.
  4. If your air conditioner breaks from over use then try this old fashioned trick! Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist. 
  5. If you don’t want to waist ice then try this nifty trick: position one or several fans across from a window, so the wind from outside and the fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze.
  6. Keep hydrated by drinking a glass of water before bed. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some water in your system before sleeping. 
  7. Stay simple and take a cool shower before bedtime. It will bring down your core body temperature and rinses off any sticky sweat. 
  8. Take advantage of natural summer light as much as possible, and keep rooms cooler after dark.