Make Sleep Possible Even in the Heat
By Brandi Goodman
The spring and summer seasons are great for many things, but sleep isn't usually one of them. The heat makes it extremely difficult to get any shut-eye. You may spend your nights tossing and turning, sweating, and cursing the heat that you enjoyed during the daytime. With some tips in mind, sleep can become possible even in the heat. You just need to put in some effort first.
Check the Indoor and Outdoor Temperatures
Whether or not you sleep with a window open depends heavily on the temperatures currently inside and outside the home. If the temperature outside is hotter than it is inside, you shouldn't be opening your window. It will do you no good. If it's colder outside, then opening a window could help bring some cool air in.
Install Room-Darkening Shades and Curtains
Certain shades and curtains have the ability to block out light. These room-darkening versions are also ideal for helping to keep out some of the heat. Install them in your room to help keep your space dark and cool -- ideal for sleep.
Avoid Drinking Before Bed
Alcoholic drinks can actually cause you to feel warm. You may even sweat because of it. Adding this to an already hot environment will only make you more miserable when it comes time to try to sleep. Avoid drinking in the hours before bed so you don't have extra warmth to worry about.
Spritz Your Sheets
You shouldn't be using a thick blanket if it's already hot. A sheet is much better suited to the occasion. To help keep your sheets cool, you can spritz them with a bit of water before you lie down. Once you notice yourself feeling too warm, go ahead and spritz the sheet (and yourself) with a spray bottle of water kept by your bedside.
Use an AC or Fan
If you're able to put a window AC unit in, then by all means do. It will cool down your room quickly and allow you to sleep comfortably. If you aren't able to, then at least plug in a fan and have it blowing cool air on you all night. You can make the air even colder by placing a bowl or pan of ice in front of it.
Sleep is difficult to achieve in the heat, but not impossible. Do what you can to keep yourself cool and calm at night so you can get the rest your mind and body do desperately needs. Without proper sleep, it will be tough to function during the day.
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