Most of us have wondered how to sleep more comfortably at night in the summer heat. According to statistics from US Climate Data, the average nighttime low temperature in our part of New Jersey ranges from 63 degrees to 67 degrees during the summer months. It is a nice break from the daytime highs mid-80 degrees (sometimes, even higher). But sometimes it can still be tough to cool off. Surviving the summer night’s heat can be easy in your Mercer County home with a few tips and tricks that will help you cut energy costs and sleep more comfortably.
5 Tricks to Sleep Better in a Hot Summer Night
Jump in a Cold Shower
Not only will you wash away the sweat of the day, but a cool shower will help lower your core temperature right before bed. Additionally, you can sit under a fan with damp skin and hair, which will cool you off even more!
Choose the Right Bedding Materials
Polyester sheets in the summertime is just a horrible idea. Silk and satin? You’re asking to sweat all night. Choose your bed linens wisely. Light-colored cotton linens hold less heat and promote airflow so you’ll sweat less and sleep soundly.
Position Your Fans Correctly
It’s physics time (but the kind of physics that help you out in real life). Adjust one fan to point out the window to suck in hot indoor air and push it back outside. Adjust another fan to circulate the cooler air inside. You can feel a difference in temperature of up to 10 degrees. Use your ceiling fan in combination with your AC unit to achieve an optimum temperature without using excessive energy consumption.
Keep the moisture and coolness from your cold shower with you for the rest of the night. Place a damn terry-cloth towel on your neck, forehead, or chest for the night. While the effects will be temporary, the coolness should last long enough for you to fall asleep. You can also cheat and simply use freezer-stocked gel compresses. Place them strategically on your wrist, neck, elbows, and knees for a surprisingly effective whole-body cooling sensation.
Get Really Creative: Freeze Your Bed Clothes
Do you want an instant breather from the heat? Get creative and put your sleep clothes or pillow case inside of a plastic bag, and then put them in the freezer! The brief shock of utter cold should last long enough to relax you into a cooler bed.
Check out our latest post, “Heatproof Your Home: How to Beat the Heat in NJ” for more great tips on staying cool through the summer months.
Surviving the Summer Night’s Heat with PFO
Of course the ultimate fix for a hot summer’s night is having a perfectly working air conditioning unit. If your AC unit is making noises or pushing out warm air, let PFO help with the fix. With NATE certified technicians available throughout the summer at convenient times, PFO is your trusted source to keep you cool – day or night. Contact us to schedule a service appointment today.