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June 29, 2017
Summer is finally here, and while it brings its fair share of fun–beach trips, barbecues, and outdoor adventures–it’s also a time when many people have trouble sleeping. It stays light later, the neighbors are up until all hours partying, and most of all, it’s HOT. There’s a reason it’s so much harder to sleep in the heat, and luckily, we’ve got some ideas for how to win this sticky battle.
There’s an ideal temperature for sleeping, and it’s probably even cooler than you think. Recently, sleep researchers discovered that a room temperature of 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit was perfect for sleeping. That said, that’s a pretty wide range and most people find 65 to 67 the most comfortable point in that spectrum. But why so chilly? The body’s core temperature drops by a degree or two in order to initiate sleep (which is why it makes sense that humans sleep at night, when it’s cooler). A cool room accomplishes this more efficiently, letting you fall asleep faster (and stay that way.)
There are dozens of cooling products on the market these days that purport to keep you cool as a cucumber. Choose a few favorites to use in any combination and you may just find yourself downright chilly.
Get back to your roots and create a cave-like atmosphere–cool, dark, and quiet–for the optimum sleep environment. If you have central air that you can control with a tweak of the thermostat, creating a cooler sleep environment is simple. However, not everyone is so lucky. If cranking the AC down into the 60s isn’t an option, there are still a few tried and true tricks for keeping your bedroom crisp and cool.
What are your favorite heat-beating tricks for getting a good night’s sleep in hot weather?