How To Beat The Heat To Sleep Better
Tossing and turning in bed because sweat has you practically glued to the sheets is so uncomfortable! Trying to catch some shut-eye in a hot and sticky room? Ugh.
If you don’t have 24/7 electricity like most of us – it is hard to cool down a room without air conditioning. But it is possible with a few unconventional tactics, we assure you.
- Go old-school: This is really a neat trick to make a DIY air conditioner by placing a shallow bowl full of ice in front of the fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
- Fill up the tank: Drink a glass of water before going to sleep, this helps prevent dehydration from sweating at night.
- Cool off: A cool shower is a no-brainer in this heat. Rinsing off under a stream of cool water brings down your core body temperature for a cool feeling just before bed.
- Go low: Hot air rises, so set up your bed as close to the ground as possible to beat the heat. This can mean putting your mattress on the floor or in a multi-floor apartment, sleep on the ground floor instead of the upper storey.
- Hang out: Cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window if there’s a breeze to bring down the room’s temperature.
- Be a lone wolf: Sorry lovebirds, but in this heat, sleeping alone is best for staying cool. Cuddling and spooning increases body heat, making it a sticky sweaty situation. Sleeping in the ‘spread eagle’ position i.e. with arms and legs not touching each other to let air circulate around the body.
- Unplug at night: Disconnect electronics! Gadgets & small appliances give off heat so reduce total heat in the house by keeping plugs out of sockets when appliances are not in use.
- Encourage cold feet: There are lots of pulse points in the feet and ankles. You can cool the whole body by washing your feet or dunking clean feet in cold water before sleeping. Dip feet in more water if you feel hot through the night.
- Go traditional: When temperatures soar, trade in that extra-comfy mattress for a minimalist straw mat. This all-natural sleeping surface is less comfortable, but does not retain heat like a cloth-covered mattress.
How are you dealing with the heat?
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