Nobody likes falling asleep and waking up covered in sweat and feeling sticky. Fortunately, I have many tips on how to stay cool at night.
Of course, the best way to beat the heat is by sleeping in an air-conditioned room but if this isn’t an option, there are also cheaper alternatives that you can consider.
How to Get Rid of The Heat in Your Room
To prevent heat build-up, make sure to close your windows or curtains during the daytime if it’s too hot outside.
If it’s hotter inside your room than it is outside, you can place your electric fan facing the window to push out the hot air.
It is important to remember that hot air rises. This means that the closer you are to the ground, the colder it gets, which makes sleeping nearer to the floor is a good idea.
Eliminate anything that generates heat in your room to keep the temperature from going up. You can do this by turning off the lights and unplugging your chargers and appliances, if possible.
If you cook inside your room, make sure to do so at least 4 hours before bedtime to ensure enough time for the hot air from the stove to leave the room.
How To Generate a Cold Breeze
You can create your very own air-conditioner by placing a block of ice in front of your fan. It will blow out a cold breeze and create a cooling mist.
Do not point the fan directly at you though as this might cause complications in your body, such as back problems.
Moreover, you can also hang a thin, wet sheet in front of an open window to cool down the breeze that’s blowing in.
How to Prepare Your Bed
Compared to silk, satin, and polyester sheets, cotton sheets are more breathable and are better at promoting ventilation inside your room.
If you are not comfortable sleeping in the nude, make sure to opt for cotton fabric in choosing your sleepwear.
To cool down your bed, put your sheets and pillows in the freezer for at least half an hour before bedtime.
Make sure to put them in a plastic bag beforehand to prevent them from getting wet and smelling like the inside of your refrigerator.
Things to Avoid Before Bedtime
As much as possible, avoid eating hot foods such as soups. Opt for lighter dinners that are easy for your body to metabolize, like fruits and vegetables.
Also, avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine because this will make you feel even hotter and will quickly dehydrate your body.
Workouts will cause your body to generate and retain heat. If you must exercise, make sure to do so at least 3 hours before your bedtime.
Things to Do Before Bedtime
Shower! Although it’s tempting to take an icy cold shower when the weather is too hot, a lukewarm shower is actually better for you.
An icy bath may make your body react by raising up your temperature to counter the cold. A tepid shower will leave you feeling fresh and cool even after your bath.
If you don’t have time or energy for a bath, you can also dip your hands and feet in a cold bowl of water for half a minute.
Cooling down the pulse points in your wrists, ankles, and toes will effectively and quickly lower your whole body temperature.
If it’s still too hot, prepare a cold compress and apply it on your pulse points and on your face and neck to immediately cool down.
If you don’t have a cold compress, just fill a sock with rice and leave it in your freezer for at least an hour.
Make sure to drink enough water to stay fully hydrated. You should also leave a glass of ice-cold water on your bedside table to help you cool down when you wake up in the middle of the night.
I hope you liked my tips and tricks on how to stay cool at night to get a better and more comfortable night’s sleep. Please share this to your friends and give me a shout-out at the comments below.