The worst thing about summer is sleeping in a hot stuffy room. You lay there without sleep doused in sweat wondering, when will it be over? When is fall finally going to come?!
Here are some tips to combat those feelings of dread before bed time.
Turn off the Electronics
Ideal sleep requires cooler temps. The constant running of computers, the TV, and all the gadgets you used just before bed tends to generate heat. If you don’t need it overnight, the answer is simple – unplug it.
Turn off the Lights
This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Light bulbs, even environmentally friendly ones, give off heat. Lucky for us, in summer it stays light until 8:00 or 9:00 at night.
Take advantage of natural light as much as possible. Keep rooms cool after dark by reducing your use of lights. Or just keep them off altogether!
Keep those Curtains Closed!
During the day the sun is turning your home into a literal toaster oven, that generated heat lingers at night. Keep your drapes and blinds closed during the day to allow your room to stay cooler and will remain cooler at night when it’s time to knock out.
Avoid using your Stove/Oven
Summer is not the time to be making a bunch of hot meals. Instead, chow down on cool, room-temperature dishes (salads are clutch) to avoid generating any more heat in the house. If you’re craving some hot food, fire up the grill instead of turning on the oven.
Bonus: It takes a lot more energy for your body to break down protein than fats or carbs. So swap that huge steak for a platter of fruits, veggies, and legumes.
Cotton is your Friend
Wool, Satin, and silk are best left for cool nights. Instead, use bed linens made of lightweight cotton or linen. These are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow.
In the heat, cotton jammies will help you fall asleep faster. And take you into a deep sleep stage!
Turn on that Air Conditioner
The best thing to use is your Air Conditioner. Give 669-Heat Northern Air Mechanical Systems a call. We’re here to help you stay cool all summer.