Many of us have endured sleepless nights because of excessive heat or humidity. While this is quite common, there are means you can take to make your sleep environment more comfortable during the summer. There are also several things you should avoid doing before bed to prevent overheating while sleeping. We will be sharing five tips for optimizing your bedroom’s temperature before bed and during the night.
1. Do not exercise right before bed
Exercising during the day is beneficial to your sleep health because it expends more energy, making you more tired in the evening hours. However, exercising when you are about to go to bed will make you hot because your body temperature will spike, making it more difficult to fall asleep.
2. Set your thermostat to 65 degrees
Experts agree that 65 degrees Fahrenheit is the best temperature for sleeping. This setting helps your body keep its natural temperature for sleeping. Depending on your sleep preferences, it is recommended to set your thermostat between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Keep ice water close by
If you are overheating in the middle of the night, we recommend keeping a glass of ice water nearby. If you wake up due to excessive heat, the water will give you some much-needed relief and allow you to go back to sleep.
4. Find your ideal clothing
Some people sleep with sweats on, and others sleep nude, so finding your ideal amount of clothing is key to sleeping more comfortably during the summer. Thick clothing like sweatpants, sweatshirts, and long sleeves can elevate your body temperature, leading you to overheat in bed. Certain clothing material can cause you to feel hotter than necessary, so keep an eye on that when choosing your outfit.
5. Use a fan
Using a fan will circulate the airflow in your room to help you stay cool. Even if you have air conditioning, we recommend a bedside fan, oscillating fan, box fan, etc.
While these tips are helpful for the summer heat, they are not limited to only summer. If you live in a warm climate, you may find these tips helpful year-round. Making your sleep environment more comfortable is personal and you must find what works best for you!