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14 Ways To Sleep Cooler At Night Without Adjusting Your Thermostat

Nothing can be worse than being unable to sleep because you are feeling hot. No one wants to feel like they're fighting with their sheets.

Not only is heat uncomfortable, but it is also bad for your sleep. The perfect sleep temperature is about in the low to mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Actually, anything over 75 degrees intervenes with the quality of your sleep.

If you do not have an air conditioning system, you don't need to suffer during summer nights. Just follow our given tips to remain cool at night.

1. Switch out your pillow.

Your brain produces a great deal of heat while it works, which holds true even if you're sleeping.

You have to cool off your head to cool down at night. That means cooling your pillow. Here are a couple of options for doing this:

  • Use a buckwheat or foam pillow. Both these kinds of pillows do a much better job of easily cradling your neck and head while also sleeping more relaxed. Memory foam pillows offer excellent contour mainly. Start looking for models created with ventilated foam or cooling gel-infused foam for optimal airflow.
  • Take it to another level with a pillow created explicitly for a cooler sleep. Cooling pillows are generally manufactu​​​​red from gel-infused memory foam or latex, using breathable cloth covers.

2. Invest in cooling sheets.

Just as you will find cooling pillows, you can also find cooling sheets. These sheets are made with breathable materials like bamboo or organic cotton. They are also made to wick moisture away, so in the off probability you do sweat, you will still be dry and comfy.

If you like the cozy feel of a blanket, but without the heat, you can find a cool comforter, also. Think for trading in your winter flannels for a set of cooling sheets in the summertime.

3. Make your own A/C.

It's time to unleash your inner Macgyver. Make your own A/C by keeping cold ice cubes in a deep bowl and putting that in front of an electric fan. As the ice melts will blow a cool breeze around the room.

Based on the size of your fan, you might want to play around with the best placement. Even a small-sized fan facing a bowl on your nightstand can help cool your head.

4. Sleep like an Egyptian.

If anyone knows how to remain comfortable while it is hot, it is the Egyptians. Their sleep hack called the "Egyptian method" is good to follow to cool off your bedroom at night.

Soak a large towel or bedsheet in water. Take it out and put it in the washing machine on the spin cycle, or you can just wring it. When it stops dripping, go to bed, and lay the sheet or towel on top of you. Till the time you have a breeze running—from a floor fan, ceiling fan, or open window—you'll feel your body cool down.

Alternatives include wearing wet clothes to bed or hanging the sheet in front of an open window. You will want to place a towel under you to grab any moisture to avoid any damage to this procedure.

5. Sleep Naked.

Here's a frugal tip: sleep nude and save on pajamas. Sleeping naked is, in fact, excellent for the sleep quality, as without pesky clothes on, it is easier for your body to thermoregulate and keep the body temperature cool.

6. Shut the blinds.

The sun emits a good deal of light and a great deal of heat. During the summertime, the sun's rays are stronger. Keep your blinds closed, and your curtains are drawn to prevent the sun from heating up your home.

For ultimate protection from the sun's rays, buy some blackout curtains. These will keep the sunlight out all day, keeping your house cool and helping you to sleep more deeply throughout the night.

7. Get a Cooler Mattress.

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Your mattress is one another source of heat in your sleep surroundings if you're sleeping on a designed to trap warmth. Memory Foam mattresses are known for trapping body heat. 

On the other hand, innerspring, organic latex, and some other hybrid mattresses will be the most suitable mattresses for hot summers.

If you don't have the budget to get a new mattress, you can split the difference with a cooling mattress pad or topper. These are intended to provide you extra cushioning while neutralizing the surface temperature of your mattress. 

For a cool new sleeping experience, search for ones that contain built-in water tanks or fans.

8. Put your sheets in the freezer.

As you're following your sleeping routine, pop up your sheets in the freezer for a couple of minutes. You need to leave them there long enough to feel cool to the touch, but not so long that they get freeze. You will love how these feel as soon as you're all set to go to sleep.

9. Fill a water bottle with ice water.

You may use hot water bottles for warming up in the winter, but it doesn't mean you can not play with them. During summer nights, fill up your bottles with ice water. Tuck it into bed down by your feet. Your feet are mainly temperature-sensitive, so keeping them cool will make your whole body cool down.

10. Cool off your pulse points.

You'll need more space with this one in your freezer. Place some wet washcloths or ice packs in your freezer.

Before going to sleep, lay down and put these on pulse points such as your wrists, neck, groin, elbows, ankles, and behind your knees. Cooling these regions down will set off a chain reaction that cools down the rest of the body.

Moreover, you can dip your feet in a bowl of iced water.

11. Take a shower.

Even when it is hot, not everybody can bear to have a cold shower. You can even go so far as to take a warm bath.

When you get out of the shower or the bathtub, the water will dissipate from your skin. This makes your body cools down, bolstering your normal circadian rhythms and signaling to a mind that it is time to sleep.

12. Move Your bed nearer to the ground.

We all know hot air rises. By lowering your bed, get yourself further away from hot bedroom air. This may involve removing it from your bed frame through the summer.

Most beds are covered to be set on a solid surface such as your floor, but first, check your mattress warranty to make sure you're covered.

13. Change your sleep position.

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It is not easy to train yourself to sleep in a new position, but it's possible. If you are desperate to cool down at all costs, try changing your sleep posture to your back in a spread eagle, having your legs and arms stretched out.

Maintaining your body parts away from each other keeps them from trapping heat and creating sweaty conditions.

If you aren't already a back sleeper, keeping a pillow can make this transition easier.

14. Get hydrated.

Staying hydrated helps your body thermoregulate, and also, it makes your sleep better. Drink a glass of cool water before bed (but not more than that, if you don't like to awake in the middle of the night for a bathroom break).

If water bores you, change up things with a popsicle or crushed ice.

About the Author Tom Hanson

I’ve worked as an HVAC tech in Phoenix, AZ for the past 10 years. I created CoolAndPortable.com to help home owners select the right portable air conditioner, cooler or air purifier for their needs & budget in just a few minutes.

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