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Humid. Sweaty. Uncomfortable. Tossing. Turning.

This sums up most of what we experience trying to fall asleep on those hot summer nights. If you don’t have an air con, or your fan isn’t even saying hello, there are few things you can do for yourself to try and maintain cool and comfortable conditions in the summer.

Keep Your Bedroom Cool

Does your bedroom receive a lot of sunlight during the day or afternoons? While natural light is excellent and brings about a sense of freshness, excess sunlight leads to a buildup of heat in the room/house. If the temperatures are higher outside than it is inside, then keep the windows closed. If they are not, keep your windows opened and allow the cooler air in. Consider getting blinds for those rooms that get a lot of sunlight, so that you can control how much of heat enters the room.

If you live in a double storey, or multiple storey, home then try and sleep on the ground or lower levels. Heat rises, which means that the lower level rooms will be cooler compared to the others.

Keep Your Body Cool

Water, water, water. Take a shower before going to sleep to cool off. Sometimes people may find that having a warm shower may feel good, but do remember that hot showers do increase the humidity which will make it increasingly difficult to fall asleep. See what works best for you and your environment.

Alternatively, you can keep cool by having a fine spray of water sprinkled on you at intervals. A mist fan is effective in keeping your body temperature cooler and more comfortable.

Stay Hydrated

Let’s not overlook the importance of water inside our bodies. When we perspire, we lose water and electrolytes. Keep hydrated during the day and up until you sleep, to prevent that feeling of lethargy and dehydration (which makes your night much more miserable). Drink cold water with a slice of lemon or lime, or any other fruit, to spruce it up a bit.

While we can’t control the weather, we can make plans around it to still enjoy a good night’s rest!