Some of the most relaxing nights of sleep occur when the temperature is turned down just enough to be pleasant, and not too much to be uncomfortable. But how do you maintain this delicate balance? It’s trickier than you might think. In addition to cracking a window or running a fan, keeping the temperature cool enough for a good night’s sleep can involve a few extra details that ensure you won’t be waking up in the middle of the night to frost on your floors. Here are a few tips to make sure you stay cool (but not too cool) during the night:
Set the Temperature Ahead of Time
If you have central heating and cooling, you’ll be able to have full control over the temperature of your bedroom even when you’re fast asleep. If you know you have a tendency to wake up hot during the night, take a minute to set your thermostat to a comfortable schedule. You can set the dial so it’s cooler when you fall asleep and during the night, and warmer in the mornings when the outside temperature tends to be chilly. If you’re not a fan of keeping the air on during the night, keep a small fan handy on your bedside table for when you wake up flushed.
When it comes to making your bed a comfortable sleep zone, using fibrous materials like cotton helps you have a bit more control over your blanket heat. Layering your bed is always a good idea. Use a slimmer blanket on the topmost layer, and use heavier comforters on the bottom, or keep them in the closet and use as needed. As long as you’re using breathable fabrics, you’ll have a slimmer chance of overheating. That goes for pajamas, too. If you’re wearing something heavy, tight, or uncomfortable, it’s not going to do you any favors. Keeping your own temperature at an optimal level means not having to sleep on top of your covers every night.
Make Pre-Sleep Time Stress-Free
Whether you take a cool shower, a warm bath, breathe in essential oils or do a bit of stretching before bed, you want to make sure you’re using the hours and minutes before bedtime in the wisest way possible. That means making sure you don’t do anything that causes your body to overheat or become stressed. If you’re someone who likes to clean up the house before bed or do more intense home projects, try rearranging your schedule so that you only have to deal with low-impact chores in the evening hours.
Limiting your physical activity doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up when it comes to where you actually sleep. In fact, sometimes a change of scenery can be a great way to aid with falling asleep and cooling your body temperature. If your bed isn’t located near a window, for example, consider moving it so you can more easily catch the breeze at night. If your room gets especially stuffy during summer months, keep your doors and windows open to air it out, or try switching to a cooler room for the hottest period of the summer.
Ditch the Memory Foam
Memory foam pillows can be a great way to get the neck support you need through the night. They’re comfortable and can mold to your exact shape to provide ergonomic support. However, when the nights get hotter, you’re going to want to carry a backup. Switching to a traditional pillow with a breathable cotton pillowcase could help with overheating in the night. If you’re hooked on the memory foam, try covering it with a cooling fiber pillowcase.