5 Ways on How To Stay Cool at Night
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There’s a lot to look forward to in the summer months. As days get longer and the weather warms up, it’s hard to ignore how much everybody’s moods seem to improve. Summertime means different things to different people, but one nearly universal thing is a desire to soak up as much vitamin D as possible. (And staying safe with proper UV protection the entire time, of course.)
The warmer, sunnier weather can make spending more time enjoying the great outdoors easier and more enjoyable, but the sunshine has some unfortunate downsides. This is especially true if you consider yourself a cold sleeper.
If you have trouble sleeping in the heat, keeping cool at night is crucial. While we can’t help you change the weather, there are some tips and tricks you can use to stay cool while you sleep. With a few practical tips, you can look forward to long days in the sun without sacrificing a good night’s sleep.
Why Do You “Sleep Hot”?
Research tells us that the optimum sleep temperature is somewhere between 66 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if you don’t tend to get hot when you sleep, if you live somewhere with a mild summer, you’re likely to see temperatures above this range in the coming month. Still, many factors can make you sleep “hot” or “cold.”
Certain medications can raise your body temperature, such as SSRIs or certain painkillers. Changes in hormones caused by pregnancy, menopause, or PMS can affect your body temperature. Additionally, engaging in vigorous exercise too soon before bed can throw off your body’s balance and, consequently, your sleep.
Women also have a lower metabolic rate than men in general, which means they produce less body heat. So sometimes, women are kept awake by a male partner tossing and turning because they’re too warm when ladies feel perfectly fine. On the flip side, men tend to produce more heat, which can make co-sleeping women feel too warm. All in all, there are a lot of reasons!
No matter what your sleep situation looks like, finding the perfect Goldilocks temperature can prove a little tricky. No stress — we have some ideas that might help.
1. Upgrade Your Bedding
While you may have only thought about your bedding in terms of aesthetics in the past, if you’re trying to feel relaxed at night, swapping out your sheets for a more breathable material can be key to regulating your body temperature.
If you have some old, battered sheet set from who-knows-where on your bed right now, we’re here to tell you: it’s time to upgrade! Our Miracle Bedding Collection can help keep you feeling great while you sleep. Miracle sheets are infused with natural silver, an anti-microbial agent with thermoregulating powers that keep you comfortable all night long.
2. Optimize Your Pillows
You’ve heard the phrase, “cool as the other side of the pillow”? Well, you can do more than simply flip your pillow to the other side. Your current pillow may feel familiar and reliable, but you might want to take a look at the other options available. Choosing a pillow that’s both comfortable and made from something that works is essential.
Fill materials such as latex, memory foam, or gel can prevent heat buildup, helping cooler heads prevail (literally). Besides selecting the best composition for your pillow, you’ll want to optimize your pillowcases, too.
Consider the pillowcase material you’ve been using. Some options, like satin pillowcases, are not quite as popular as they used to be. If your number one priority is feeling refreshed, opt for natural silver-infused pillow cases.
The Extra Luxe Pillow Cases are breathable and help your body to thermoregulate and stay cool while you sleep. These hypoallergenic pillowcases they’re made from ultra-luxurious Supima cotton, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality in your quest to stay comfy. The natural silver promotes clearer skin and reduces odor-causing bacteria for sweet dreams and pleasant mornings.
3. The Freezer Is Your Friend
In addition to simple tricks like freezing a water bottle to keep by your bedside before you go to sleep and holding ice packs to your pulse points, that’s not all your freezer can do for you.
For instance, wetting and then freezing one of our Miracle Washcloths can be the perfect tool to reach for on hot nights. You can use it as a cold compress on areas like your head and face (the most common places people sweat!). Since our Washcloths are anti-bacterial, you can rest assured that they’ll always feel fresh.
4. Lighten Up Your Comforter
Trading out your fluffy winter duvet for a thin summer comforter can be a bit of a bummer, especially if you love that cozy feeling you get snuggling up in the colder months.
Luckily, with the Miracle Comforter, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for the sleep of your dreams.
Our Miracle Comforter is fresh all night long, keeping your body at the perfect temperature with its ultra-cool, ultra-breathable, ultra-luxurious 500-thread count Supima cotton. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, and 100% vegan. So no matter what your lifestyle is, our Miracle Comfort is the perfect fit.
5. Go Pajama-Free!
You can, of course, look for pajamas made with a light, breathable fabric to help you feel refreshed all night long. However, when your sheets are naturally anti-bacterial, easy to wash, and super breathable, some people prefer to sleep in the nude.
Sleeping sans pajamas can actually help your body control or lower its own temperature. It also has a wide range of other benefits, including potentially positively impacting your self-esteem.
Plus, if you don’t have to wash your pajamas (and you can wash your anti-microbial bedding three times less than traditional bedding), there are far fewer items on that to-do list.
Everyone is different, so if you love your jammies, then rock them like your bed is a New York Fashion Week runway. But if you can’t seem to beat the heat, perhaps going commando could work for you.
Fresh, Clean, and Sweet Dreams
Feeling too warm while trying to get to sleep can be incredibly frustrating, especially if your body already runs hot. But maybe the only thing more frustrating than not being able to fall asleep in the first place is waking up in the middle of the night feeling sweaty and uncomfortable.
Sadly, we can’t control the weather, and depending on your living situation, you may not even have any control over the temperature in your living space. On the upside, there are so many little things that you can control which can have a big impact. With our best tips and tricks, you can boost your sleep hygiene, body temperature, and overall ability to get some seriously restful sleep. There’s a lot in life we sweat over; sleeping shouldn’t be one of them.
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