We’ve all been there — tossing and turning in bed all night, struggling to fall asleep because the heat has us glued to our sheets! Once the temperatures rise, a great night’s sleep can feel pretty elusive. And there are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye in an incredibly hot and sticky bedroom.
Before we dive into bed, we realize the obvious solution for a cool, REM-ful slumber is to crank up the AC. But apart from being expensive and environmentally unfriendly, sometimes our AC units can stop working out of nowhere. So how’s an environmentally responsible, budget conscious sleeping beauty supposed to keep when it’s 100-degrees out!
Luckily for you, our AC has gone out a few times this Summer (which is what inspired this post). And in my desperation for a good night’s sleep, I found a few tricks to keep cool without dying of heat. AC unit or not, here’s a few tips to give your bedroom a warm-weather makeover that can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful Z’s.
How To Get A Great Night’s Sleep on Those Hot Summer Nights
Aside from on night less of sleep, Daylight Savings is far more exciting than it is unfortunate – bringing with it grilling out with fam and friends during the week, and late night pool parties on the weekends. There’s so much to look forward to with the time change! I think a few of us can agree it’s worth it to lose an hour of sleep and gain some fun in the sun.
As much as I prefer the sun going down late in the day, losing that precious hour of sleep can throw us way off. One hour may not seem like much, but even this minor disruption can mess with our circadian rhythm (turns out our bodies are made to sleep according to the sun’s movements and not man-made clocks . . . go figure), resulting in fewer Zs. It can take up to a week for our bodies to adjust to the time change, according to Harvard Health. And with that, we can become irritable and have a complete lack of focus.
This adjustment period demands some serious coping skills to not feel like you’ve fallen into a deep hole of Mercury Retrograde! So to help you get some good-quality slumber, read up on these tips on how to maximize sleep quality to wake up with more of a spring in your step!
To make a seamless transition into the savings of daylight, adhere to the following tips.