No matter how warm it is, you may find it challenging to get to sleep without pulling the covers up over your shoulders. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that a room temperature of between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for promoting sleep. However, in the heat of summer, it can be challenging to maintain your bedroom at this temperature—especially if you don’t have the luxury of air conditioning. Read on for tips on achieving a good night’s sleep in warm weather without giving up your covers.
12. Why You Need Your Blanket
Ditching your blankets may seem like a logical remedy. However, your body may be conditioned to associate pulling up the blankets with drifting off to sleep. Furthermore, the weight of blankets may stimulate sleep-related hormones in some individuals. Penn Medicine reports that weighted blankets may apply pressure that stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system to lower your heart rate and trigger feelings of calm. Even if you do not suffer from anxiety, autism, or sleep disorders, you may find the comforting weight of sheets and blankets to trigger feelings of relaxation that help you fall asleep.
11. Take a Warm Shower
If a hot summer’s night threatens to interfere with your sleep, consider taking a warm shower before bed. You will want to avoid indulging in a shower so hot that it steams up your bathroom. However, your body will cool down naturally when you finish your shower and the water droplets begin to evaporate from your skin.