Newsflash: it’s hot! Some parts of the country are seeing record-breaking heat, which means that many people are struggling to decide between increased utility bills or a warmer-than-comfortable home.
We know that trying to sleep in a hot and stuffy bedroom can be miserable, but we’ve also experienced the dread of a looming electric bill at the end of the month. That’s why we’ve researched a few budget-friendly ways to sleep more comfortably during this summer heat wave.
Adjust Your PJ Routine.
We’re not the most fashion-conscious bloggers, but even we know that it’s a major no-no to be caught wearing last season’s pajamas on a hot summer night. Ditch the flannel and long pants and try out a soft cotton shirt and shorts. Go for pajamas that are light and loose-fitting for cooler results.
Just like your pajamas need a regular seasonal update, your sheets could use the same. Silk, satin and polyester are all great choices for other seasons, but traditional lightweight cotton sheets are the way to go for summer. Choose a light-colored set with a thread count between 400 and 800, so they’ll be breathable enough to promote ventilation while still being comfortable enough to promote a great night’s sleep.
Become a Fan of Fans.
There’s so many things you can do with a simple box fan or two. Feel free to just point it toward your bed and enjoy the breeze, or you can get creative with spacing and techniques. Try out something we learned from Grandma Dozer and place an ice-filled bowl in front of the fan that’s aiming toward your bed. This will generate a cool breeze that’s as refreshing as any A/C. Or, add a second fan aimed at the window to blow the hot air out. Experiment with the positioning of multiple fans to create your bedroom’s ideal air circulation.
If you have a ceiling fan installed, make sure that the blades are rotating counter-clockwise. This causes the fan’s motion to pull hot air up and away from your bed, instead of just pushing the hot air back down to you.
Upgrade Your Pillow.
The science of pillows has improved a lot over the last few decades, so if you’re still sleeping on the same pillow you took to college, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Pillows like the Beautyrest Black Ice are filled with temperature management features, including a micro-diamond infused memory foam that removes excess heat and a high-tech cover that promotes air flow. Even on the most sweltering of summer nights, these pillows are cool to the touch. A new pillow is a smart investment, especially compared to the cost of a season’s worth of electric bills.
Protect Your Bedroom.
Walk around your bedroom and think about the variables that might be causing the temperature to rise. Do you have large windows? Invest in blackout curtains or close the blinds to keep out the heat. Is your A/C vent positioned near the door? Closing the door at night will help keep that precious cold air in your room instead of drifting down the hall. A simple 5-minute inventory could save you months of restless, sweaty nights.
Summer can be one of the best times of the year. Between outdoor cookouts, family vacations, baseball, fireworks, and trips to the beach, there are so many ways to enjoy these longer days. But, if sweaty summer nights are keeping you from getting healthy sleep, try out a few of these tips to sleep better all season long.
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The Daily Dozers is a team of our finest Mattress Firm sleep happy experts, pooling their expertise to bring you all you need to know on sleep news of the day and the latest trends in sleep health. Sometimes our team of regular Daily Doze contributors (Craig, Ken and Sunni…not to name names) will throw a pillow or two when trying to decide who gets to write about which topic; and when that happens, we let our task force of daily dozin’ specialists play referee, pooling their knowledge on the topic. From super-sized snoring habits to the very real struggle of trying to become a morning person, there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers.
Best Night’s Sleep: There’s nothing that this dream team loves more than long walks on the beach to prepare for a peaceful slumber, a warm cup of lavender tea, an old Jane Austen novel and curling up in the comfort of their very own Mattress Firm beds.