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SLEEP THROUGH THE HEAT THIS SUMMER

Getting a good night's rest can be difficult in the summer. Sweltering heat and greater exposure to light in the morning hours makes the summer the hardest time for people to get quality sleep. So, to help you sleep well this summer, we've put together a list of five ways you can improve your sleep in the heat!

Getting a good night's rest can be difficult in the summer. Sweltering heat and greater exposure to light in the morning hours makes the summer the hardest time for people to get quality sleep. No one likes the sticky feeling of sweating in your sheets or being awakened prematurely by the sun rising and pouring into your bedroom. To help you sleep better this summer, we've put together a list of five ways you can improve your sleep in the heat!

Keep Your Room Dark

The human body is hyper-sensitive to light. Even when your eyes are closed, you can perceive light. When the sun rises at 4:00 am and the first rays hit your bedroom floor, you'll naturally feel like waking up and it'll be harder to get back to sleep. To counter this distraction, hang some heavy blinds or curtains in your room. The most effective are hotel curtains which create the illusion of permanent midnight.

Keep Cool

Easier said than done, right? Obviously the easy answer here is to keep the A/C on all night. But, for many people this isn't a great idea for either their pocketbook or the environment. A fan with a bowl of ice in front will keep the room cooler than usual and be a fraction of the price. If your room is warmer than the outside temperature, open a window to keep the room cool. Also, keeping your curtains closed throughout the day will ensure a cooler home at night.

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Bedding

Sleep in 100% natural fiber sheets. You're most likely going to perspire while sleeping through a hot summer night and natural fiber sheets breathe better, absorb moisture and wick moisture off of your body. Also, be sure to wash your sheets regularly, no one wants to sleep in sweaty bedding. If you want your sheets to be even more appealing when you slip into bed each night, hang dry them outdoors and they'll absorb a fresh, summery smell.

Minimize Allergy Exposure

Dust mites peak in the summer months. They thrive in warm, humid environments. If your mattress or pillows are older than eight years, they should be replaced because chances are they're infested with dust mites. To minimize your dust mite exposure, you can vacuum your mattress and pillows and regularly wash your sheets on the HOT setting.

What to Wear

If you don't have powerful curtains or blinds to block the sun's rays in the morning, sleep masks can be very effective at helping you stay asleep when the sun hits the sky. Although this may seem a little risqué, sleeping in the nude will keep you coolest, but most people prefer pajamas. Heat escapes the body through the head, hands and feet, so be sure that your extremities are uncovered while you sleep. Also, don't wear your winter wool jammies, but something light and made from natural fibers. Lastly, if you'd like to be really cool when you hit the hay, place your pjs in a plastic bag and keep them in the freezer during the day. This will help you stay cool on some of the hottest nights of the year.