4 Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep In The Summer Heat
If the summer temps and humidity are messing with your sleep, you’re not alone. The rise in temperature and changes in sunset and sunrise affect sleep duration and quality, Carleara Weiss, PhD, sleep consultant in private practice. Here are 4 tips to chill out and sleep well, even on the hottest nights of summer. Keep the blinds closed during the day. To regulate temperature, try closing the blinds to reduce heat buildup during the day. When closed, insulated cellular shades can slash solar heat that comes through windows by up to 60 percent. Avoid exercise and heavy meals before bed. Winding down mentally and physically can aid your body as it tries to cool down physiologically. Try to avoid stressful activities, heavy meals, and intense exercise in the evening, since they make our bodies feel hotter, Dr. Raymann, sleep technology researcher. Use a Dehumidifier or a fan. If you don’t have AC place a bowl with cold water and ice in your bedroom. Position a fan behind it will amplify it's cooling effects. If you live in an area where it’s hot and humid, try to keep the humidity at or below 50-60% using a dehumidifier. Shower Before Bed. It may sound counterintuitive, but a warm or lukewarm shower one to two hours before bed can significantly improve sleep. A shower before bedtime can trigger a natural cooldown effect.