Sleep Cool This Summer For A Restful Night

June 5, 2018

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There is nothing like waking up for a full night's sleep but when was the last time that actually happened?  Now that summer is here it seems even harder to get a restful night's sleep.  So here are some tips to sleep in the heat of summer from experts. According to the National Sleep Foundation, we sleep best when we’re in a 65-degree room. That's a departure from the standard temperatures recommended for energy efficiency of the lower to mid-70s. It may be the perfect time to use your digital thermometer’s sleep mode setting. In sleep mode, you can set your AC at a sleep-inducing cool temperature before bed, and the AC will slowly raise the maximum allowable temperature overnight (or in some cases turn itself off after a few hours). You’ll be asleep, so you won’t even notice! Make sure you are sleeping on 100% cotton sheets as they absorb sweat without absorbing body heat. In terms of pajamas, you want something light, loose, and preferably cotton. Or... you could always sleep naked! Make sure your ceiling fan is in “summer” mode that pushes air down.  You can visually check by looking at which way the blades are spinning. In summer, they should move counter-clockwise. Try sleeping in the “starfish” sleeping position as it can help cool your body down. One of the best ways to cool down is to drink a glass of cool, refreshing water—and even though you may have to wake up in the middle of the night to use the toilet, it’s way better than waking up headachy and dehydrated.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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