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How to Get Better Sleep in the Summer Heat

There’s nothing quite like the exquisite torture of trying to fall asleep in a hot, stuffy room: You can’t breathe, everything is sticking to everything else and there’s a lone mosquito …</br></br>… that is ruining your life. Zzzzzzzzt!</br></br>How are you supposed to survive these dreadful heat waves? Well, here are a few ideas:</br></br><strong>Traditional Plug-In Cooling Appliances</strong></br></br>Obviously, this is the easiest and most convenient path to comfort. Central air is the king of them all, but even a <a title="Ceiling Fans" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/fans/ceiling-fans/" target="_blank">ceiling fan</a>, <a title="Portable Fans" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/fans/portable-fans/" target="_blank">portable fan</a> or <a title="Dehumidifiers " href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/fans/" target="_blank">dehumidifier</a> and help ease the suffering.</br></br>Combine all these together and you’re the envy of a sweltering, sweaty neighborhood, but what if none of these modern-day conveniences are available?</br></br><strong>Increased Ventilation</strong></br></br>The trick to getting an open window to help cool rather than just let in more hot air is to create airflow. And, it’s admittedly tricky in apartments and other dwellings with windows on only one side of the unit.</br></br>Yet, even this can work. Air will more easily move in and out if you’ve got cross-ventilation, but if you don’t just open ‘em all up so your space can breathe.</br></br><strong>Clean Cotton Sheets</strong></br></br>Call it a trick of the mind if you must, but clean cotton sheets are cooler than … not clean ones. They probably do contain less sweat from nights past, but it’s really the crispness that makes the difference.</br></br>This may not be as good as forgoing sheets altogether, but a lot of people have trouble sleeping uncovered. If that’s the case and you’re willing to get creative, you can also tent your sheets using rubber bands and dowel rods (old broomsticks?) at the corners of your bed.</br></br><strong>Wet Towels &amp; Ice Packs</strong></br></br>There are ice packs made specifically for this purpose, believe it or not, but you can make your own with a cooler pack and a dish towel or any other number of ways.</br></br>Put one under your ankles and one under your neck for the best results.</br></br><strong>‘Special’ Bedding</strong></br></br>We’ve all woken up in the middle night looking for the cool side of the pillow, and of course scientists have worked tirelessly (ahem) to create … wait for it … a pillow that is cool on both sides ALL THE TIME.</br></br>And, of course, they haven’t succeeded in any absolute sense – but they’ve gotten really close. <a title="Bed Pillows" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/textiles/pillows-shams/bed-pillows/" target="_blank">Various kinds of gel pillows</a>, breathing fabrics and new bedding shapes have been designed to help keep things cool on hot nights.</br></br><strong>Location Changes</strong></br></br>There’s no shame in finding the coolest room in the house and setting up camp there. People do it all the time. You can use a rollaway, a sleeping bag or even a <a title="Hammocks" href="https://www.atgstores.com/outdoor/patio-furniture/hammocks-accessories/hammocks/" target="_blank">hammock with a hammock stand</a>.</br></br>When it gets hot enough to drive you crazy, we all can agree no strategy is too silly … even if it’s retreat.</br></br><strong>Mind Power</strong></br></br>Sleeping naked, sleeping with no covers, even sleeping with the windows open – these are things that work, but that some people can’t do.</br></br>That’s okay. With a little work and help from the rest of the these ideas, you’ll be sleeping soundly in the heat before you know it, mosquito or no mosquito.
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