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The next 8 things we will tell you to do before going to bed will significantly help you to sleep normally even during the heat. It is important to keep them in mind every night.
Cool shower is the fastest and one of the best ways to lower our core body temperature and thus prepare for sleep. If you have more time, then you can also take a longer bath, so you will cool down even more after 15 or 20 minutes spent in cool water.
Of course, whether you take a shower or a bath, the water should not be too cold. Start with lukewarm water and then slowly change to even colder, but not ice cold. Ice cold water is not healthy for your body, and it will also chill you too much, so you will start sweating as soon as you get out of the water. That way you won't achieve anything.
It is known that a person loses the most heat through the feet, hands and head. You should take advantage of that fact during the warm months and cool down by soaking your feet in cold water for 10 minutes. You will feel much better after that.
We have one pro tip for you. Place the socks in the fridge for at least half an hour and put them on before bed. This will provide you with a prolonged cooling effect.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it’s hot is to have excess clothing. Excess clothes will keep you warm and that is last thing you need when it is 30 or more degrees Celsius outside.
So sleep only in a T-shirt and underwear. We do not advise you to sleep naked, because then you will sweat directly on the mattress. It is better to let a T-shirt absorb sweat than a mattress.
Exercises raise our body temperature and so we sweat to cool our body down. So this is something to avoid, because it is already warm enough, and after the workout, it will be practically impossible for you to fall asleep.
The same goes for spicy meals. If you eat something spicy, you will have the feeling that it is even warmer than it really is. That's why you should do the exercises earlier in the day, and eat light meals in the evening.
We drink coffee to wake us up. And to give us extra energy. That is why you should avoid coffee before going to bed, especially in the summer. It will make it even harder for you to fall asleep because you won’t feel the need to go to bed.
This also applies to all other beverages that contain caffeine, such as energy drinks, pre-workout supplements and the like. When it is hot, you should drink water.
You should always ventilate the room before going to bed by opening the windows and letting in fresh air. Even if you think it’s counterproductive because the air outside is still hot, you still need to do it. We will explain you why.
When your air conditioner is on all day, you should let fresh air in, because that fresh air will cool better than the one that has been in the room all day.
Proper hydration is essential for our health at all times. But during the warmer months, we must pay special attention to hydration, because we sweat more and this can lead to dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the balance of electrolytes in our body is disturbed.
For that reason, in addition to water, you should also drink sports drinks in order to maintain the balance of electrolytes in the body. And that’s another reason to avoid coffee in the evening because it’s a diuretic.
While this may sound like nonsense to you, because why would you drink something hot before going to bed, instead of something cold, you still need to do it.
When you drink a hot water bottle or some other warm drink, like hot chocolate before going to bed, you raise your internal body temperature, so you will have the feeling that it is colder outside than things are. And if you drink something cold, the opposite effect will appear and you will start sweating heavily.
Your sleep environment is another thing you need to pay attention to before going sleep in the heat, not just what you can do to make your body more comfortable and cooler.
Not every room in our house has the same temperature. Even if you have an HVAC system, so your whole house is equally cooled, you will always feel at least a small difference in temperature between the rooms.
This is influenced by the position of the house / apartment, so warmer rooms are those that face the street and are more exposed to the sun. Choose the coolest one, and it is usually the one in back that does not face any concrete, the one that the sun does not reach because of the trees and so on.
Although there are so many new materials on the market, there is nothing better than natural fibers when it comes to sheets. The manufacturers of all these new materials claim that they will cool you down perfectly, but natural materials are the best. Use cotton or materials like bamboo.
This is also very important if you have children, as their skin might be more sensitive. For example, we recommend taking a look at the Panda London Kids collection for a point of reference. Even the sweatiest tot will likely stay cool in that bamboo gear!
You can choose a pillow made of foam or some other cooling material, but again choose a pillowcase made of natural fibers.
Winter bedding, duvets and similar things have their purpose which is very useful in winter. But when the warm weather comes, it is very counterproductive.
If you follow all our pieces of advice, but do not replace winter bedding, you will always be too hot and you will not be able to cool down. So pack your winter bedding and duvets in the spring to wait for next winter and start using bedding intended for summer.
Many people like to keep pets at home and even let pets sleep with them. Such animals have been accustomed to indoor conditions since they were little, so they will often snuggle in next to you in bed.
Their warm bodies can be very pleasant in winter and help you fall asleep faster and sleep better, but in summer they will irritate you. Especially if it's a long-haired animal. So during the warm months, don't let your pet sleep with you.
At least an hour before you go to bed, turn on the air conditioner and let it cool the room well. Then as soon as you enter such a pleasantly cooled room, you will feel sleepy. This is completely normal, because the colder temperature calms the body and thus stimulates it to sleep and hot air does the opposite.
It is only important to turn off the air conditioner when you are sleeping or point it at another direction from you, because otherwise you may wake up with facial paralysis. This is the biggest problem of hot night so pay attention to it.
There is no reason why you should sleep poorly and wake up with difficulty during warm periods when you can achieve better night's sleep easily. There are so many different simple things you can do to always be comfortable. These are things like taking a cold shower to reduce core temperature, avoiding spicy meals and the like.
Also, nowadays when we all have air conditioning that helps us to reduce body heat and avoid heat wave, it makes the situation much easier. You only need to do a few things and include them as the part of your bedtime routine and you won’t even notice it’s 30 degrees Celsius outside. After all – keeping cool the room you sleep in will save you from being sleep deprived.
Now that you know how to sleep in hot weather, are you going to take the best nap of your life? Let us know in the comments!