Tips for staying cool at night
The right temperature can help you sleep while the wrong temperature can hinder it. Let's first look at the thermostat. The typical recommendation for the best sleep is between 65 and 67 degrees Farenheit. So, if you're getting hot at night, that's a good place to start.
There are several other ways to help you stay cool too. Take a look at what you're sleeping on. A thick memory foam mattress or mattress pad (without any cooling technology) could make things hotter. When choosing a mattress, look for one that offers cooling technology or more breathable material.
The same goes for your pillow (some have cooling technology and some are made of thick foam that can trap heat). A quick tip, if you want to cool your pillow down, take the pillowcase off and freeze it for a few minutes before bed. It's also a good idea to take a look at your sheets. Choose lightweight materials like cotton or linen.
Of course, what you wear to bed makes a difference as well. If you wear pajamas, it's a good idea to wear loose-fitting garments made of cotton. If your PJs are too tight, they can trap the heat in more. Plus, cotton is more breathable.
Other ways to cool down your bedroom are to plug in a fan, close the curtains (preferably darkening ones), and disconnect any electronics that produce heat.
The way you sleep can also impact how cool you stay. Sleeping spread eagle can help you avoid the heat trap. If you share a bed, this probably isn't possible though. You can reduce the heat when you're sharing, by using separate blankets. You can also use the tried and true method of keeping one leg uncovered.
You can help cool your body down before bed by taking a cold or lukewarm shower. You may also want to drink some cold water before crawling under the covers. You can always leave a cold glass or bottle by the bed, too in case it's needed later in the night.
Being a hot sleeper is no fun. It's hard to fall asleep when you're sweaty and uncomfortable. We hope these tips help you cool down so you can sleep better. When you're ready to shop for a new mattress, let us help at Mattress Dealzz. Tell us what you're looking for and if you're a hot sleeper. We can help you find a mattress that fits your needs.
- Jeremiah Stettler