Ever find yourself waking up in the middle of the night because you’re too hot and sweaty? It can be an incredibly annoying experience, and neither interrupted sleep nor excessive sweating is particularly good for you.
“Remember that when you sweat a great deal, you lose both water and electrolytes,” the National Sleep Foundation advises. “This can be dangerous. Make sure that you replenish both and do not become dehydrated.”
If you run hot in general, you might want to keep a glass of water on your bedside table to sip anytime you wake up in the night.
In a more general sense, here are some tips to help you stay cool—and stay asleep.
Opt for 100 percent cotton sheets.
Synthetic fabrics can trap heat, making you even warmer. Instead, go for sheets made of natural fabrics like cotton or bamboo, or look for bedding with cooling or sweat-wicking technology.
Get a box fan or AC unit going.
Obviously, an air conditioning unit will chill the air in your room, helping you stay comfortable. But even a simple box fan can help with airflow, providing a cooling effect. Plus, fans and AC units make “white noise” that blocks out other noises, helping you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Because heat rises, rooms on the first floor or in a basement are generally the coolest. If you have a bedroom on a higher floor and you’re able to switch to a spot on a lower level, try it out.
Stick your pillowcase in the freezer.
Put your pillowcase (or even your sheets!) in a ziplock and stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours before bed, then set up your chilled bedding right before you go to sleep. The surface will help cool your body temperature as you fall asleep.
Take a cool shower before bed.
The same idea applies here: Lowering your body temp a tiny bit can make you more comfortable and less likely to overheat. If you’re trying this, make sure you shower right before you get into bed for the night. That way, your body doesn’t have time to warm up again.
[Editor’s Note: The information provided should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a sleep doctor or other medical expert if you have questions related to your own health.]
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Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
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