Is there anything worse than trying to get to sleep in the heat on a hot muggy summer night? If you’ve been struggling to nod off recently you might find that your concentration is less focused and that you’re feeling more short-tempered than usual. A good night’s sleep is vital for our physical and mental wellbeing, and trying to sleep in the heat can range from frustrating to impossible. Other than buying a quality air conditioner, there are other ways to cool down this summer. Here are our tips for cooling yourself down this summer, as well as your home.
How to Cool Down
If you want to sleep in the heat, invest in a spare set of bedsheets and put them in the fridge for a short time before heading to bed. Putting them in a ziplock bag will stop them from getting damp, and they should stay cool while you put them on the bed. This obviously won’t keep you cool for the whole night but it should last long enough for you to fall asleep. Having a cold shower before you try to sleep will also help get a good night’s rest.
Another tip to sleep in the heat is digging out the hot water bottle. A hot water bottle can act as the perfect ice pack in summer. Instead of filling it with hot water, fill it up with cold water and put it in the fridge or freezer until it is as chilly as you need. If you let it freeze, more condensation will form as the warm air meets the cold and will leave you sleeping in a puddle. Wrap a tea towel around the water bottle to soak up any condensation so you don’t make your bed sheets damp.
To cool down quickly before bed, apply ice packs, cold compresses or even just a bag of peas to your pulse points. This includes your wrists, neck, ankles and the backs of your knees. This cools your blood which circulates quickly. Drinking a cold glass of water before bed is also a good option to help sleep in the heat, as this will give you a short respite where you can try to nod off and will also hydrate you so you don’t wake up with the dreaded stuffy headache that comes after hot summer nights. Make sure to stick to a small amount of water, unless you enjoy waking up to use the toilet at 3 am.
How to Cool Down a Room
Cooling down your room is a good option for getting the best sleep in the heat. You can put together a makeshift air conditioner by placing a bowl or plate of ice in front of a fan. The hot air being blown by the fan will cool the surface of the ice and cause it to melt. The moisture drops get picked up by the fan and provide a cooling mist that circulates your room.
While you might want to keep the windows and blinds closed at night to avoid warm air and invading bugs, temperatures outside will eventually cool down and can provide a welcome breeze. Keeping the windows open will help ventilation throughout the night and cool down your room nicely. Invest in slatted blinds that can keep bugs and prying eyes out while letting air in.
PAR Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
The best way to sleep in the heat is to invest in a quality air conditioning system. Air conditioning can keep you comfortable without the added hassle. Air conditioning units can improve your mood and help you avoid headaches after a stuffy night of tossing and turning. At PAR Refrigeration we can supply domestic air conditioning so that you can keep you cool this summer. If you want to know more about how air conditioners can cool down your home, give us a call on 01924 872109, or fill out our contact form to find out more about the importance of air conditioning.