Some like it hot… but if you’re like most people, you like to sleep in a nice cool environment. But sometimes it seems downright impossible to do so especially with the encroaching heat. Researchers have found that the ideal temperature for sleeping is approximately 64°, a difficult number to reach without air conditioning in the mid-July weather. With the hottest part of summer upon us, here are some tips for staying cool while you catch some Zs:
Keep your pillow in the refrigerator during the day – That’s right. Researchers say that the initial drop in body temperature when your head hits the pillow will help you fall and stay asleep easier.
Pick the right bedding – Mattress protectors made from cotton wadding help to wick away moisture from your skin due to their natural fibers.
Put your windows to work – Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day will prevent heat from building up in the room, whereas opening them at night will allow cool air to flow into the room.
Run your hands and wrists under cold water – the veins in your arm will carry the cooler blood around the body temporarily. Be sure to dry your hands and go to sleep right after.
Don’t worry – Stress hormones in the body keep the brain at work and prevent you from getting the sleep you need.