Summer heat can make it tough to sleep when you don’t have an air conditioner. Here’s how to get the sleep you need despite the heat!
If your bedroom is too cold, you can always add more blankets to help you sleep, but what if it’s too hot? If you have a broken or unreliable air conditioner or you happen to sleep in the hottest room of your house or apartment, it may seem nearly impossible to get the room cool enough for you to get a good night’s sleep. The following methods will help you sleep soundly when it’s hot so you can enjoy all that summer has to offer without feeling sleep-deprived.
1. Why Is Sleeping Soundly Whens It’s Hot So Hard?
There’s actually a solid, scientific reason that sleeping soundly whens it’s hot is almost impossible. Your body has a complex system of cues that let your brain know that it’s time to sleep, and one of those cues is temperature. According to the National Sleep Foundation, your body temperature actually drops a bit as you try to fall asleep in order to prepare your body for rest. If your body is struggling to get cool enough for sleep, you’ll toss and turn trying to get there.
To make matters worse, even if you do manage to fall asleep in a hot room, it negatively impacts the quality of your sleep; you only hit high-quality REM sleep when your room is cool enough for it. Experts say that “cool enough” is between 60 and 67 degrees. Even if you have a fully functioning air conditioner, however, keeping a room that cool can eat up your utility budget and use up an environmentally unfriendly amount of electricity. Fans can help bridge some of the gap, but in some cases, they may not be able to make you cool enough for comfort.
Nevertheless, people managed to sleep in the days before electricity, and you can, too. Whilst sleeping soundly whens it’s hot may seem impossible, you can cool down enough to get that decent night’s sleep you’ve been craving simply by following these top tips:
2. Keep Windows Covered During the Day
Heat seeps into your room through window glass – especially if you have direct sunlight on the window through the day. Keeping your blinds and curtains closed can trap cool air inside and prevent the hot air from sinking in. That way, when you get ready for bed at night, your room won’t start out unbearably hot.