The summer months are here! While the long daylight hours and summer holidays are often a welcome relief, most people dread the thought of having to sleep through 3 months of heat and humidity. Trouble sleeping during summer is not only uncomfortable, but can often leave you feeling tired and lethargic, suppressing your appetite and lowering your productivity levels during the day. Luckily for us, a few simple tricks can lower our core body temperature at night, increasing our comfort levels and helping us to beat that heat.
Give Yourself some Breathing Space
While switching to a lighter duvet is common sense, many people don’t realize the fabric of their duvet covers, mattress and pillows affect your core body temperature just as much. Polyester fabrics don’t breathe, trapping air and pushing it back onto the body, resulting in increased levels of heat. To help stay cool in summer, make sure all of your bed fabrics are 100% cotton. Cotton fibres are much less dense, allowing air to flow and circulate correctly. Proper airflow is required for us to sweat effectively, helping to keep us cool.
Get that Fan Spinning the Right Way
One of the most common mistakes people make during summer is forgetting to turn their ceiling fan to blow towards the floor. Most ceiling fans have a switch to reverse the direction which is designed to flow air upwards in winter (drawing cooler air upwards and pushing warmer air back down towards you) and back towards you in the summer. Make sure your fan blades spin in the direction to push air down onto you, leaving you feeling cooler during the night (this helps to evaporate sweat before it accumulates into droplets). If you are in a warm climate, it’s a common recommendation that your air-temperature be at least 74° for 3 hours prior to going to bed.
Moisture be Gone!
Ask most people what bugs them most about summer and they’ll tell you it’s the humidity. Summer nights are often very humid, leaving us feeling heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. If you don’t have AC, try running a small dehumidifier in your bedroom. A dehumidifier draws in the humid air which then condenses as it passes over freezing coils within the machine. Free of moisture, the air is then blown back into the room. While blowing warm air back into an already hot room may seem counter productive, remember that the air is dry and that a decrease in humidity will often lead to a drop in the overall room temperature. They’re much less expensive than AC too!
Sleep Soundly with the Right Mattress
One of the biggest contributors to overheating during the night is sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t allow proper air circulation. Most people sleep on all-foam mattress that don’t breathe, resulting in trapped moisture which causes excess heat to sit within the mattress. Amore Beds graphite-infused memory foam mattress utilizes open cell technology, absorbing and dissipating your body heat which enhances the regulation of your body temperature. The addition of individually-wrapped coils within the mattress allows for added breathability, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the summer months. For more information, visit amorebeds.com
With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to switch it up in the bedroom and give these helpful tips a go. You’ll no doubt be surprised; with these few simple tricks, chances are you can sleep soundly with the right mattress during the difficult summer months. Got any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below.