Top 16 useful tips for sleeping cool on hot nights

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  1. Choose cotton.
    Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester
    sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed
    linens made of lightweight cotton ( Egyptian
    or otherwise) are breathable and excellent
    for promoting ventilation and airflow in the
    bedroom.
  2. Feel the freezer burn.
    Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few
    minutes before bed. We recommend placing
    them in a plastic bag first (unless eu de
    frozen pizza is your fave aromatherapy
    scent). Granted, this won’t keep you cool all
    night, but it will provide a brief respite from
    heat and humidity.
  3. Get cold comfort.
    Here’s a four-seasons tip for keeping utilities
    charges down: Buy a hot water bottle. In
    winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty
    toes without cranking the thermostat. During
    summer, stick it in the freezer to create a
    bed-friendly ice pack.
  4. Be creative.
    If you thought fans are just for blowing hot
    air around, think again! Point box fans out
    the windows so they push hot air out , and
    adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run
    counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out
    instead of just twirling it around the room.
  5. Sleep like an Egyptian.
    If there seem to be a lot of Egyptian
    references in this list, it’s because those Nile-
    dwellers knew how to do it right. The so-
    called “ Egyptian method” involves dampening
    a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as
    a blanket. We recommend laying the damp
    sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking
    the mattress.
  6. Get loose.
    Less is definitely more when it comes to
    summertime jammies. Pick a loose, soft cotton
    shirt and shorts or underwear. Going full
    nudie during a heat wave is (unsurprisingly)
    controversial. Some people believe it helps
    keep them cool, while others claim going au
    natural means sweat stays on the body
    instead of being wicked away by fabric.
    We’re going to chalk this one up to personal
    preference.
  7. Go old-school
    Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes
    that contained actual blocks of ice? Us
    neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of
    the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air
    conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or
    bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice
    in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold
    water from the ice’s surface as it melts,
    creating a cooling mist.
  8. Create a cross-breeze.
    In this case, hanging out in the cross-hairs is
    a good idea. Position a fan across from a
    window, so the wind from outside and the
    fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze.
    Feeling fancy? Go buck-wild and set up
    multiple fans throughout the room to make
    the airflow even more boisterous.
  9. Pamper your pulses. Need to cool down,
    stat? To chill out super-fast, apply ice packs
    or cold compresses to pulse points at the
    wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and
    behind the knees.
  10. Get tech-y.
    We can’t vouch for its effectiveness, but the
    chillow—a high-tech pad that stays cool
    through water circulation—seems like a
    genius idea.
  11. Be a lone wolf.
    Sorry lovebugs, but sleeping alone is way
    better than spooning for staying cool.
    Cuddling with a partner increases body heat,
    making the bed a sticky, sweaty pit of despair
    instead of a cool, calm oasis.
  12. Release your inner Tarzan.
    Feeling ambitious (or just really, really hot)?
    Rig up a hammock or set up a simple cot.
    Both types of beds are suspended on all sides,
    which increases airflow.
  13. Fill up the tank.
    Get a leg up on hydration by drinking a glass
    of water before bed. Tossing and turning and
    sweating at night can result in dehydration,
    so get some H20 in the tank beforehand. (Pro
    tip: Just eight ounces will do the trick, unless
    you’re really into those 3 a.m. bathroom
    runs.)
  14. Cool off.
    A cold shower takes on a whole new meaning
    come summertime. Rinsing off under a
    stream of tepid H20 brings down the core
    body temperature and rinses off sweat (ick)
    so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean.
  15. Get low.
    Hot air rises, so set up your bed, hammock,
    or cot as close to the ground as possible to
    beat the heat. In a one-story home, that
    means hauling the mattress down from a
    sleeping loft or high bed and putting it on the
    floor. If you live in a multi-floor house or
    apartment, sleep on the ground floor or in
    the basement instead of an upper story.
  16. Turn off the lights.
    This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Light bulbs
    (even environmentally-friendly CFLs) give off
    heat. Fortunately, summer means it stays
    light until eight or nine at night. Take
    advantage of natural light as much as
    possible, and keep rooms cool after dark by
    using lights minimally or not at all (romantic
    candle-lit dinner, anyone?).

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