Sleep expert reveals how to keep your bedroom cool this summer
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The blazing summer heat is thoroughly underway, and with that comes hot, restless nights.
So, now is the perfect time to find out how to keep your bedroom cool and breezy for a restful sleep without cranking up the air con.
Sleep expert April Mayer has outlined the best tips to optimize your sleep experience by keeping temperatures down in your home.
Optimize your bedsheets
You should also make your bedsheets as comfortable and cool as possible to aid sleep. As a quick fix, you can freeze your bedsheets by putting them in a plastic bag and storing them in the freezer. When you put them on before bed, they will keep you cool and help you fall asleep.
You should also select bedsheets comprised of the most beneficial material. Cotton is good for breathability, allowing air to flow around your body whilst wicking away moisture like sweat. Tencel sheets stay cool consistently throughout the night. Wool is another surprisingly cooling option as it acts as a barrier to external heat.
As well as your bedding, make sure you are wearing the materials with the best cooling properties. Cotton pajamas are an excellent choice. Cotton is breathable, allows air to flow, and wicks away moisture.
Choose a cooling mattress
You could invest in a cooling mattress to ensure you stay chilled out while you sleep. Several mattress types promote airflow and pull body heat away from you.
Gel mattresses also absorb heat, pulling body heat away from you but are often not as breathable as other types.
This may be unrealistic for some couples, especially if they like to snuggle up, but if it is not an issue, you should embrace your own space. If two people share a bed, that is two people radiating heat - double the heat of sleeping alone.
Also, if you sleep alone, you can spread your limbs out further, allowing air to move freely around your body.
Turn off electronics and lights when not in use
Electronic devices with built-in exhaust fans like video game consoles and computers radiate warm air. Heat is also generated by lighting. To limit heat being distributed and stored in your home, make sure you turn everything off when it is not in use. Make sure nothing is left on standby and devices are fully powered down to help them cool off.
You should also switch to lighting that creates less heat. For example, LED lights emit less heat than incandescent or halogen bulbs.
Shut out the sun
A good way to keep the inside of your house cool is to block out the sun's warming rays. The sun's light can emit heat from the ground up. So, even if rays sneak under a gap in your curtains, they can start to heat up your room.
If you use energy-efficient window coverings like blackout blinds and curtains, you can block out and stop the sun from heating your room. The coloring of your window coverings and walls also has a bearing on heat. This is because light colors reflect and disperse heat while darker colors absorb it.