It´s that time of the year again: tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep because your sweat has bonded you to the sheets. It’s horrible, especially if you have to go to work the following day without a proper night of sleep. And it’s not conducive to sleeping at a comfortable temperature. Overheating is a real struggle when it comes to fighting insomnia.
An air conditioner is an apparent solution for this matter. However, air conditioning consumes a lot of energy and raises your monthly power bill. So, what’s a budget-conscious, ecologically conscious sleeper to do to fix this?
Here are some tried-and-true DIY methods for cooling a room and avoiding sleeping in the heat during those hot summer evenings.
Close the curtains during the day
You might be asking why, while you’re attempting to cool down your room, you need to close the curtains. Leaving your curtains open in the summer means letting the sun into your room. As a result, it’s critical to keep the drapes or blinds closed during the day to keep the sun out. This will assist you in cooling your room without the need for an air conditioner.
If your window receives a lot of direct sunshine, use dark or blackout curtains to keep the rays from warming your room during the peak hours of the day. Otherwise, your room might become an unintentional greenhouse.
Don’t sleep on high mattresses
The air near your feet is cooler than the air above the ceiling due to the concept of warm air rising. If you don’t mind sleeping on hard surfaces, you can disassemble your bed and place the mattress on the floor, or try sleeping without a mattress for a night to see if it makes a difference.
If your floor is built of tiles, you can also sleep on the floor on warm days. This is a great method to stay cool in the summer. If you can handle hard surfaces, tiles are usually chilly and will make sleeping more comfortable.
Open the doors and windows at night
Nothing beats the natural and refreshing feel of the night air. You can take advantage of the cooler night air by opening one or more windows or doors. If it’s raining, open the windows just enough to let the cool air in while keeping the rain out. During the rainy season, the air will make your room colder.
As soon as the temperature outside decreases, open your window. Open all of the windows in your house at night to cool it down and allow for a cross breeze, then close them the next morning when the air warms up again.
Use LED lights
Heat is emitted by all electronic equipment, including light bulbs. It may be difficult to keep a room cool during the day with these lights on. This helps to keep your space at a comfortable temperature. LED lights, on the other hand, are chilly to the touch. They’re also more energy-efficient, which means you’ll save money on your power bills.
If you can’t change all of your light bulbs right now, turn off the lights and enjoy the natural light in your home. This will keep you cool for a long time. The lights can then be turned on at night. You will also spend less energy as a result of this.
Because water makes up the majority of our bodies, staying hydrated is a definite method to stay healthy and comfortable. You will be more affected by the heat if you are dehydrated or drinking warm water.
Chilled water (not iced) can also provide relief by cooling your body from the inside. You may help it work better by drinking a lot of water before night to keep you cool and hydrated.
Use the proper shades
Honeycomb blinds are an excellent choice for heat reduction during the summer months.
Honeycomb fabric is two-layered, offering insulation from the elements by producing air gaps between the glass and the blind, as well as within the blind. Honeycomb blinds keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Honeycomb blinds are a very energy-efficient window treatment. The Honeycomb blind’s pleated pattern is not only attractive but is also functional.
These blinds’ material and cellular design assist in reducing heat in the summer and preserving warmth in the winter, which is a practical approach to help save money on your energy bill. They are also great sound absorbers, making them ideal for big hard-floored spaces or for anyone who lives close to or on a busy roadway.
Honeycomb blinds, also known as Cellular blinds, are available in both fully automated and manually operated versions.
Use natural materials for sheets
Cotton bedsheets should be used instead of polyester, satin, or silk bed sheets. Additionally, lighter colors absorb less heat. Additionally, consider nightwear that is light and airy. This will prevent the weird smells since sweating on polyester sheets can produce odd smells. Cotton or linen are lighter, absorb sweat, and are more gentle to the skin.
Create extra ventilation
When there isn’t a good source of cross ventilation, rooms can get extremely stuffy inside. If your room lacks one, you can make one yourself. Place a fan over a door or window so that the wind outside and the fan generate a cross breeze. Place many fans in the room to create a super cool breeze to improve the results.
In case you are ecologically aware or just can´t afford the air conditioning, follow these tips to create a more pleasant and cooler environment in your home. A little bit of draft, natural material sheets, proper shades, and proper water intake can help you a lot while fighting this summer heat.