We are officially in the dog days of summer. Hot days are one thing, but the hardest part for me is sleeping at night. If you aren’t one of those lucky people with an air conditioner or central air, don’t just lie there sweating! Try some of these tips for staying cool(er) at night.
Supercharge your fan. A fan can definitely help cool your room down, but you can supercharge it with a bowl of ice set right in front of your fan to create an extra cool blast of air.
Shower. Take a cool shower just before bed to lower your skin temperature and rinse off the day’s stickiness. Leave your hair damp to keep the cool feeling going a little longer.
Wet curtains. Try tacking a cold, damp sheet across your open window to catch and cool any night breezes coming in.
Cool mist. Keep a misting bottle on your bedside table. Spray a light mist of cool water all over yourself and let your fan cool you off through the magic of evaporation.
Ice water bottles. Instead of a hot water bottle, make ice water bottles! Keep some water bottles in the fridge or the freezer (make sure you leave a little extra space at the top so they don’t burst). Just before bed, wrap them in a towel to absorb condensation and tuck them into bed with you. This is a great way to repurpose some of those pesky plastic water bottles you might have lying around and keep them out of the landfill!
Sleep on a buckwheat pillow. Buckwheat hulls allow air to flow through them, meaning your buckwheat pillow will feel cooler all night and won’t hold body heat the way a regular pillow does. You can even chill your pillow in the freezer (in a sealed plastic bag to keep moisture and odours out).
Switch to bamboo sheets. I’ve been sleeping in my Shoreline Gray Cariloha Resort Bamboo Sheets (without the blanket of course) made from 100% viscose from bamboo, and they are heavenly. Twice as soft and three degrees cooler than cotton, these sheets are thin, breathable, naturally hypoallergenic, and they wick moisture away from your body. In other words, they’re perfect for hot, muggy summer nights.
These are the silkiest, most luxurious set of sheets we’ve ever had. The pillowcases feel so cool and smooth on my face, and the extra deep sheets stay tucked, despite having a restless toddler still sleeping with us. For a little extra shot of coolness, I like to pop the pillowcases in the freezer for a few minutes before bed.
While bamboo is one of the most renewable and sustainable resources out there, the processing required to turn it into fabric isn’t always. As a green family, it’s important to me that Cariloha’s rayon from bamboo is manufactured in a closed-loop process that keeps pollutants out of the environment and makes the process as environmentally friendly as the bamboo itself.
How do you keep cool in the summer? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!
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