If the last week got you feeling all too sweaty for your liking, then you might have noticed that summer is already making its way to our beautiful tropical country. While we wait for PAG-ASA to officially announce the grand entrance of the hot months, the best thing that we can do is to prepare ourselves for the worst.
By “worst” we mean the sweltering heat that we’ll have to endure, not only while outside, but during the nights as well. As we all know that sleeping on hot summer nights will be a challenge, it’s best to meet it armed with the best techniques to deal with all the sweating and discomfort it can bring.
To get ahead in the game, it’s important to recognize the very reasons why you can’t sleep well on summer nights. The heat is just one thing, but as it also cause other things to that can really affect your shuteye so you’ll need to pinpoint these other issues in order to resolve them. To help you do that, here are five common problems that you will want to avoid once summer rolls in.
Summer evenings are definitely hot, but what really takes the cake is the oppressive humidity that comes with it. With the heavy air, it feels even hotter. And even if you wear thin clothes (or even ditch it entirely), it’s still too warm.
The best way to beat humidity is to turn on the AC, of course. However, if your bedroom is not equipped with one, moving the air around is the next best thing. You might be tempted to have the fan on one position to get more wind your way, but this is actually counter intuitive. Moving the air will help cool your room better. If you can even spare using another one, you should position it facing the window to push the hot air out of your room. This will encourage better air flow in your bedroom, which will help you sleep better.
If you sweat in bed, then your sheets will get sweaty as well. It’s very unpleasant to lay down on a warm, damp fabric, so what can you do?
For one, you should look for bed clothes with moisture wicking properties. This way, your sweat won’t get soaked into the sheets and make your mattress gross as well. You can also look for cooling products like pillows or even just ice them to make them cooler. Some even stick their sheets and pillows in the freezer before using them to help cool their beds at night. If you want to try this out, you should make sure to do ample research first, though, as doing it incorrectly can make your pillows gross and contaminate the food in your fridge, not to mention possibly damage your mattress in the process.
The heat also affects bugs, so they’re up and about during these months. Mosquitoes are he worse because they’re not just annoying and disturbing, but their bites are also very itchy. To cross them out from your list of sleep worries this summer, do your best to keep them out of your home. Screening your home is the best way to do this, but if you can’t do that, using a mosquito net can also help.
Summer also means more power consumption for the country, so power interruptions tend to happen a lot right when you’re trying to deal with the heat. If you’re unfortunate enough to experience regular power interruptions at night, it’s best to prepare for it. Investing in one of those rechargeable fans will help tide you through the blistering nights.
With all of the sweating that you’ll be doing this summer, it’s very easy to get dehydrated. This can affect your zzz’s as getting parched can wake you up in the night and make you uncomfortable. Luckily, this one’s very easy to deal with, you just need to drink lots of water. Doing this will also help you feel more comfortable despite the heat and avoid serious health issues like heat strokes.
The summer months can really be a trying time for your sleep, but it doesn’t mean that you should just give up on getting ample shuteye this season. There are ways to combat the heat, you just need to exert a bit more effort so you can sleep better.