Cool Sleep, Great Summer
You’re not alone. Many people find it hard to get a good night’s sleep in the summer. But we need those seven to eight hours of shut-eye. Especially this time of year, with daylight lasting longer, social calendars always full and getting comfortable in bed can be a challenge when you feel too warm. The good news? You can still get your daily dose of vitamin Zzzz, if you follow these cool sleep tips.
#1: Get the support you need
Mattress preferences can change over time, and – surprise! – the super-cushy mattress that used to lull you a decade ago, just may feel too soft today. You may prefer a firm, supportive surface now. (Or vice versa.) Always test mattresses in store, so you know which one will be just right for you. Plus, there are many ways to choose a mattress, and firmness is just one option (and there are five ranges, including firm, cushion firm, plush, extra firm and cushion plush). The type of support you need could also be affected by the mattress top (Euro, tight, pillow, contour). And don’t forget about size!
#2: Beat the heat
If you tend to overheat, look for a stay-cool mattress featuring a breathable fabric weave and gel-infused memory foam. If your existing mattress doesn’t feel cool enough, add a cooling mattress topper. Dress your bed in summer finery: linen and cotton-percale are breathable and lightweight. (This mattress offers StayCool temperature management, to keep your body at a comfortable temperature all night.)
#3: Add a breeze
Most people sleep better in a slightly cool room. Add a peaceful breeze by opening a window (you’ll want to skip this if you suffer from seasonal allergies), turning on the A/C or a fan.
#4: Avoid allergens
Summer can be a minefield for allergy sufferers. Make your home your sanctuary by closing windows, using air conditioning and vacuuming regularly. Sleep on a mattress that offers anti-microbial and moisture-wicking protection. Pillow and mattress cases offer additional protection from allergy-triggering dust mites, dust and other allergens. Look for cool sleep pillows, too.
#5: Have a tepid shower or bath
Taking a room-temperature shower or bath will help you cool down before bed. Stick to tepid water though: Cold water will actually have the opposite-than-desired effect and raise your body temperature.