The warmer weather has officially arrived in many places! As much as you may be enjoying the sunshine, you may have noticed that your sleep is affected by the warm temperatures. It’s important to know that certain sleep hygiene practices for cold weather don’t always apply when it’s warm out.
Here are a few sleep hygiene tips for keeping cool in the warmer weather;
Keep your room cool: Trying to get a good sleep with the temperature being too warm can be extremely uncomfortable and can cause you to overheat. Make sure you set the temperature of your room accordingly, use fans to help cool the room down and keep the window closed.
Re-evaluate your bedding: The hot weather is not the time to be using flannel sheets and heavy duvet covers. Instead, switch out your bedding to sheets made of a lighter cotton that is more breathable, and switch out that heavy comforter for a duvet cover or quilt that is lighter and designed better for warmer nights.
Don’t over-dress: Much like your bedding, flannel and other pajamas made of heavier material are not a good idea for the warmer nights. Depending on your personal preference, dressing in lighter materials will help to keep you cool and not overheat while sleeping.
Keep the room dark: Not only will a dark room help you sleep better, but this will help to keep the room cool as well. Blackout curtains can help with this. Keeping your bedroom dark throughout the daytime will help your bedroom to stay cool at night as well.
Keep your sleep schedule consistent: The beautiful weather can sometimes lead to a disruption in your bedtime thanks to changes in your schedule or a disruption in your routine but try as much as you can to go to bed and wake up as close to the same time each day.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime: Both of these are known to disrupt your REM sleep cycle, which is essential for a good night’s sleep. Drinking a small glass of cool water before bed can be helpful, and make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day.