Are these long and hot summer days causing you to stay awake at night?
Getting a good night’s sleep in the summer can be a bit trickier than you think. The days are much longer and the sun sets later. The hottest months of the year may also bring a change in your routine and schedules and adding a hot and stuffy bedroom into the mix does not help.
While it may seem impossible, there is actually a lot you can do in order to sleep better in the warm weather.
Here are seven tips for sleeping better in the summer heat
- Keep your bedding light and breathable. Avoid any heavy materials such as flannel, this can make you sweat at night and cause sleeping to be very uncomfortable. You may also want to put away your warm winter comforter and switch to something lighter.
- Be mindful of your sleeping attire as well. Choose pyjamas with lighter and more breathable materials, such as cotton, that does not overheat you.
- Keep hydrated throughout the daytime, but don’t drink too much too close to bedtime.
- Get plenty of sunlight in the morning and keep the lights dim at night, this will help your circadian rhythm that sets your internal clock.
- Keep your bedtime consistent each night. Although you may find your schedule has changed a bit with the summer, especially with the easing of pandemic restrictions, going to bed too late can mess up your sleep cycle.
- Keep your bedroom on the cool side to make it more comfortable for sleeping, but not so cold that you’re shivering. If necessary, use a fan to circulate air around the room.
- Try taking a shower before you go to sleep, especially if you were active outside during the day. Sweat, sunscreen and bug spray that may be lingering can cause skin irritation if it is not rinsed off properly. Getting clean can also make you feel more comfortable when you go to sleep.