As the summer approaches a lot of people have hard time getting sleep during the hot summer nights. It is uncomfortable, hot, we get sweaty and we often wake up with lack of sleep. Insomnia is nothing new during the summer. To achieve the REM phase of the dream your body and your organism need to prepare well. To avoid the insomnia and rest well during the summer nights you should follow these steps:
13 Tips to sleep better during the hot summer nights
- Hang a wet sheet on an open window – This will help you with the hot air coming from the outside. When the air gets to the wet sheet, it will cool off and when it gets to the room it will be fresh and it won’t give you any troubles while sleeping.
- Put a frozen bottle of water in front of your fan – This is an improvised air – conditioner. It is not expensive, and it will do the same job as the AC during the hot, summer nights. This is a well known trick and people use it for years. When the fan is working, the ice is cooling off the air and the room gets more enjoyable for you to sleep. Beware of the fact that it is not recommended that the fan is pointed directly at you.
- Put some baby powder on your sheets – The baby powder will absorb your sweat and it will keep your sheets cooler during the nights.
- Do not cover your feet with the blanket – The hotter your feet are, the hotter you feel. If you decide to cover yourself with a blanket during the night, keep your feet uncovered. This will lower your body temperature.
- Keep your blinds down during the day – Do not let the sun reach your rooms. This warms up the walls and raises the temperature inside of the house. This can lower the temperature by 45%.
- Put your blankets in your refrigerator – This might sound silly, but if you decide to cover yourself with a blanket during the night, experts suggest that before you do it, you need to put your blankets in your refrigerator an hour before you go to sleep. Fold them so they don’t occupy your refrigerator, and then “freeze” them. This doesn’t last long time, but it will keep your body temperature low enough so you can fall asleep.
- Shower with cold water – The cooler the water it is, the better. Do not dry your body fully after you finish with the shower. Leave your skin wet.
- Use cotton sheets – It is hard to use cotton sheets if you want to make some romantic surprise using satin sheets. These satin sheets, also known as synthetic materials do not absorb the sweat from your body, which makes it harder for you to sleep. However, the cotton sheets do that for you. They absorb the sweat that your body produces, and let you sleep comfortably during the nights.
- Put your feet in cold water before you go to bed – There are a lot of nerves and nerve endings located near the feet ankles. These pulsating points affect our body temperature directly. If you put your feet in cold water before you go to bed, it will help you get some rest, and it will maintain your body temperature during the night.
- Sleep in a position “Flying eagle” – No matter how much you love sleeping and hugging someone during the night, it will not do you any good if you try to cool off. There is a fun fact saying that human body produces 100W heat in one hour. During the hot days and nights, experts suggest sleeping in this “flying eagle” position (arms and legs wide spread). This way you avoid touching between the limbs.
- Sleep as closest to the ground as possible – It is well known that the cold air stays down, close to the ground, and the warm air is up in the air. If you manage to sleep close to the ground, you will avoid the hot air.
- Cool yourself with a cold sock filled with cold rice – If you want to cool yourself instantly, use a cold sock, and fill it up with cold rice. You will feel the effects immediately. Sew the upper parts of the sock after you fill it up with cold rice. Use lavender for better results. Put the sock in the refrigerator an hour before you go to bed. This innovation has a 20 minute cooling effect. Use the same tactics for winter, instead use warm rice.
- Cover yourself with a light blanket, or use a gauze – Avoid heavy blankets, and use these instead. Sprinkle them with some water and feel the cooling effect.