As the summer months approach, warmer weather and sunny skies are certainly welcome — but for many, the approach of summer means they'll start waking up hot and sweaty. Since the optimal sleep temperature is somewhere between 60*F and 67*F, it can be hard to get quality shuteye if your bedroom heats up like a toaster (and unless you want to spend a fortune on your electricity, it's not an option to simply crank the air conditioning down lower). So what are hot sleepers to do?
As it turns out, there's plenty that you can do to ward off the effects of the summer months. Just because it's warm and sunny outside doesn't mean your bedroom has to follow suit. Check out this infographic with 6 simple tips for staying cool as temperatures start to creep upward!
1. Close your curtains or blinds during the day.
Natural light is great for your mood, but direct sunlight can cause temperatures in your home to skyrocket. When you’re away, keep your blinds or curtains completely closed to keep indoor temperatures stable.
2. Set your AC to the mid-60s to low 70s.
The ideal temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, but setting your thermostat to a temperature around the mid-60s to low 70s—along with a ceiling or standing fan—will create the perfect environment for rest.
3. Invest in breathable sheets.
Breathable materials like bamboo cotton or linen are perfect for bed sheets, since increased airflow can help fend off overheating and night sweats. If you have a mattress with cooling gels or infusions, breathable sheets allow these infusions to more easily draw excess heat away from the body.
4. Buy a specialized cooling mattress.
Invest in a mattress that has specialized cooling technology, like cooling gel foams and surface layer infusions. Mattresses with advanced cooling technology can help draw excess heat away from the body and deliver cooling on contact.
5. Swap your pillow.
Just like your mattress, a specialized cooling pillow can help maintain ideal body temperature at night. Look for breathable materials like latex foam or pillows with cooling gel infusions, or any pillow made with super breathable open cell foam.
6. Use a ceiling or standing fan.
Better airflow will help disperse body heat and keep you cool and comfortable at night. Run a ceiling or standing fan during the night to allow excess body heat to disperse more easily.
If you or your partner are a particularly hot sleeper that often wakes up feeling sweaty, you need a mattress that works hard to keep you cool. It might be the right time to invest in an advanced cooling mattress and supremely breathable sheets that are designed for the unique needs of sleepers like you!