There’s nothing worse than trying to fall asleep in a bedroom that’s way too hot. That being said, here are ten tips to help you keep your bedroom cooler so you can catch some Z’s.
10. Get Creative with Your Fan
There are some neat little tricks you can try with your fan to make your bedroom cooler. For one, you could point your fan toward the window to push the hot air in your room outside. Then, open up another window or two to cycle cooler air in. Just make sure that the air outside is indeed cooler than the air in your bedroom, or it won’t work.
The second thing you could do is place a bowl or pan of ice cubes in front of your fan to cool down the air that’s being circulated around the room.
Third, if you’ve got a ceiling fan, turn it on before going to bed in order to dissipate the hot air that rises.
Lastly, make sure you keep your bedroom door open when using your fan to ensure there’s a path for air to flow.
9. Invest in a Humidifier or a Dehumidifier
A humidifier adds moisture to the air when it’s too dry, whereas a dehumidifier removes moisture out of the air when it’s too humid. And, depending on how dry or humid the air is, you may need the help of one or the other. For example, people living in dry, arid climates like the Southwest may need a humidifier to replace some of the moisture in their bedroom to help keep them cool and comfortable. On the other hand, people living in humid climates like the Deep South or the East Coast may need a dehumidifier to suck out that excess moisture in the air that makes it feel so hot and sticky.
8. Use Cotton Sheets
We all know to dress in lightweight, light-colored cotton clothing in extreme heat. Well, the same thing applies when trying to keep cool at bedtime. “Stay away from synthetic materials and use a breathable natural material instead,” interior designer Bobby Berk told New York Magazine. Opt for cotton, linen or percale sheets instead. Avoid decorating your bedroom with dark accessories as well. These dark-colored objects absorb more heat than lighter-colored ones and can even cause your bedding to heat up during the day.
TIP: Beware of sheets with a high thread count. They can sometimes be too insulating for the summer months.
7. Freeze Your Sheets
So, now that you’ve made sure you’ve got the right sheets, you can try another trick to make your bedroom even cooler — freeze your sheets! Simply put them in a resealable plastic bag and place them into the freezer a short while before going to bed.
If, however, the thought of sleeping on cold sheets is too much for you, you could always try temperature-regulating sheets. Originally designed for the people at NASA, temperature-regulating sheets are made with phase-change materials (PCM) that help you maintain a steady body temperature throughout the night.
6. Cool Down Your Pillow
Most of us just flip our pillow over when the side we’re sleeping on gets hot. But, instead of doing all that flipping the entire night, invest in a gel-filled cooling mat instead. The mat goes over the top of your pillow and uses the same cooling agent found in reusable ice packs. You can put the mat in the refrigerator or freezer just before bedtime to add a bit of extra coolness. Another option is to put a small pillow in a plastic bag in the freezer an hour before you go to bed. Or, if all of this seems like too much work, you could always invest in a cooling pillow like the Chillow Pillow.
5. Keep the Blinds and Curtains Closed
Keep out the sunlight, and the scorching heat that comes along with it by keeping your blinds and curtains closed all day. If not, you’ll have to deal with unbearable heat that will linger through the night.
-Open the curtains during the evening hours to allow any heat that’s built up during the daytime to dissipate.
-Invest in insulated blackout curtains. They’ll keep your room dark and cool during the summer months (plus nice and warm during the winter).
-Make sure you use curtains or shades with a white backing.
4. Use a Damp Sheet
There are two things you can do with a damp sheet to make your bedroom cooler:
1) Hang it in front of an open window. As the breeze passes through the wet sheet, the evaporating moisture will cool down the temperature in your bedroom.
2) Sleep on it. This is known as the “Egyptian Method.” Here’s how it works: You wet a sheet with cold water, squeeze it dry (or put it in the washer and turn on the spin cycle if squeezing it is too much work), and use it as a blanket. The evaporation of the water on the sheet will keep you cool.
-SleepBetter suggests aiming a fan at you or right above you while you sleep under the damp blanket for added cooling.
-The “Egyptian Method” also works with t-shirts. Wet it, run it through the spin cycle, and wear it to bed. DON’T sleep without a blanket on top of you, though, or the technique may not work properly.
3. Use a Hot Water Bottle
No, this isn’t some reverse psychology stuff. We’re just suggesting that you turn your hot water bottle into a cold water bottle. You can do this by filling your hot water bottle with cold water and ice, wrapping it up in a towel, and keeping it close to your feet while you sleep. Or, instead of filling it with cold water and ice, you can just fill it with water and put it in the fridge or freezer in the morning and take it out at night before bedtime.
TIP: You can also tuck the water bottle behind your knees or prop it under your neck.
2. Sleep on the Floor
It’s no secret that heat rises. And, the further away you are from it, the cooler you’ll be. Which is why sleeping on the floor would be much cooler than sleeping on your bed. Plus, a study published a few years ago in the journal BioMedical Engineering OnLine showed that sleeping on the floor helps realign your posture and improve your quality of sleep. Unfortunately, sleeping on the floor is not an option for everyone due to disabilities and other debilitating conditions. If this is the case, then you can always try sleeping in a downstairs bedroom — or even the basement for that matter — if you live in a two-story home.
1. Install an Attic Ventilator Fan
The amount of heat transferred into your attic — and eventually into the rest of your home — during the summertime can be brutal. “At their balmiest, attics can reach upwards of 150 degrees in the summer,” BestLifeOnline.com said on its website. For this reason, Josh McCormick, the vice president of operations for Mr. Electric, a franchise that provides electrical installation and repair services to residential and commercial customers, recommends installing an attic ventilator fan because it “evacuates the hot air that accumulates and draws air in from the outside.”
TIP: Something else you can invest in to keep your bedroom cool is a metal roof. That’s because metal roofs reflect the sun’s UV rays, thereby decreasing the amount of heat transferred into your attic.
Your turn! What tips do you have for keeping a bedroom cool? Let us know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!