Summer in the south- long hot days lead to long hot (and humid!) nights. Here’s how to stay cool and get your best rest all year!
We all know that sleep is important but oftentimes we don’t set ourselves up for a successful nights sleep. Studies have shown that the ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Atlanta heat, turning our air conditioner down to 60 degrees isn’t an option. Save your bank account and catch up on some much needed sleep with these bedroom hacks to sleep a little cooler this summer!
Is your Pillow as Cool as you are?
Do you ever turn your pillow around to the cool side during the night? These cooler sleeping pillows will have you feeling like you’re always sleeping on the cool side.
This pillow comes highly rated, albeit a bit pricey. But if you’re looking to invest in a pillow, this is an excellent choice. This pillow has a cooling cover to it and a memory foam type interior AND is adjustable! You can change the pillow to suit your sleeping needs.
Looking for something more affordable? Try this option from Coop Home Goods, it offers a breathable bamboo cover and a shredded memory foam center to allow for air circulation.
If you’re a fan of a firmer pillow, try one made with buckwheat hulls. This eco-conscious choice uses the leftover husks that protect the buckwheat kernel and has been prized for its comfortable sleep qualities for centuries in Asia. Try this very affordably priced, Zen Chi Organic pillow.
A reversible pillow will allow you to decide when you’d like a cooler side of the pillow. Perfect if you want just one pillow to last you throughout the year, or for those pesky hot flashes! This kind of pillow has a cool gel on one side to disperse heat throughout the pillow and standard memory foam on the other side. Try the Classic Brands Reversible Cool Gel Pillow.
Reduce your Body Temperature
When lying in bed, your body naturally reduces its internal temperature to prepare itself for sleep. You can help facilitate this by avoiding increasing your body temperature before bedtime. This means avoiding heavy meals right before sleep, taking cooler showers/baths, and saving your intense workouts for earlier in the day. Another easy way to reduce your body temperature is to sleep in breathable (or no!) clothing.
Close your Curtains
Before you leave your room in the morning, take a second to close your blinds/curtains. Light coming in throughout the day will heat up your bedroom, especially if you have darker colored furniture, bedding or flooring. Don’t trap any additional heat and consider installing black out curtains.
Sheets and bedding can trap in heat and make you sleep hotter. Traditional wisdom states that the higher the thread count of your sheets, the better. However, this isn’t actually accurate, especially if you’re looking to sleep in a breathable, cool bed, high thread count can trap in body heat. Don’t worry you don’t have to sacrifice your skin’s comfort; it is often the length of the thread, not the thread count, that gives your sheets a soft feeling. Consider swapping out your winter sheets for some of these popular, cooling options.
This local company makes athletic grade moisture wicking sheets! Customers rave that these are some of the best sheets they’ve ever used. As an added bonus, you’ll be supporting a local company.
Bamboo is prized for its environmentally friendly properties while also being a very breathable and hypoallergenic bedding option. Try Cosy House Collection’s bamboo sheets for a soft, wrinkle free night.
100% Percal Sheets
The Pinzon 300 Thread Count Sheet is the perfect example of a lower thread count sheet offering a luxurious feeling while sleeping much cooler than a higher thread count. Customers say the sheet is cool to the touch and continues to become softer with more washes.
Another example of a lower thread count sheet is Whisper Organics. This 300 thread count sheet is a good choice if you want something to go from summer to winter as cotton will keep you warm during the cooler months and be breathable during the summer.
Get the Air Moving
Finally, consider turning on a fan in your room. Many people say that the cool breeze and white noise generated by a fan in the room help them to sleep better. Atlanta is infamous for humidity, so investing in a de-humidifier is an excellent idea.
Longer summer days means we need to prioritize our evening’s rest! Hopefully these tips will help you to have a re-energizing summer. If you try all these tips and tricks and still need a cooler nights sleep, don’t hesitate to contact me. I can find you a home with a nice cool basement bedroom, guaranteed to keep you cool!