With summer quickly approaching, anyone who sleeps hot at night is likely dreading the change in weather and how it can affect their ability to get solid sleep at night. But with a few little changes, you can likely find a way to sleep much sounder at night and avoid waking up with a sweat-soaked bed.
To help you see how this can be possible, here are three ways to stay cool at night when you sleep hot.
Get Your Workout In Earlier
What you do with your body before you go to sleep can make it harder for you to stay cool at night. Knowing this, you’ll want to be careful about how high you raise your body temperature later in the day.
One way that many people raise their body temperature is working out. Even hours after working out, your body temperature can still be higher than normal, which can make you hotter than normal when you sleep. To avoid this, Danielle Pacheco, a contributor to SleepFoundation.org, recommends that you get your workout in earlier in the day. This way, you’ll give your body ample time to cool off before getting into bed.
Turn The Temperature Lower
To help you stay cool as you’re getting ready for bed and once you get into bed, you should make sure that your bed and your room are at the right temperature for optimal sleep.
According to Amanda Capritto, a contributor to CNET.com, 65 degrees Fahrenheit is generally the ideal temperature for sleep. So if your house gets hotter than this in the day, turn on your air conditioner to bring the temperature down. You can also use fans close to your bed to give off a breeze that can keep you cooler, too. And make sure that you’re sleeping in clothes that don’t cling to your body and using sheets that allow for a lot of air movement without trapping heat in them.
Cool Your Body Correctly
If it’s your body that feels hot even when your environment is cooler, there are some specific ways that you can lower your body temperature effectively.
To do this, Casper.com recommends that you put ice packs or cool washcloths on the pulse points of your body. These pulse points include your wrists, your ankles, the backs of your knees, and the crooks of your elbows. When these areas get cool, it will help the rest of your body get cool and stay cool, too.
If you’re worried about getting too hot while sleeping this summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find effective ways to stay cool.