Many people experience sleep problems in the summer time when the days are longer, nights are hotter and the sun sets later. Here are some tips that will help you get a better summer nights sleep.
- Set your air conditioner to a comfortable setting. The ideal temperature is between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Did you know that in most cases, if you are sleeping and the temperatures rise above 75 degrees Fahrenheit or fall below 54 degrees it can wake you up? The exact temperature can vary from person to person, and while scientists have not agreed on an ideal temperature for sleep, they do agree that a slightly cool room contributes to good sleep
- Sleep in 100% natural fiber sheets and blankets which absorb moisture and breathe, allowing you to sleep more comfortably.
- Wash your sheets every few days. For some reason freshly washed sheets feel much cooler than dirty sheets.
- Close your bedroom blinds or curtains during the day and make sure that your air conditioning vent is wide open.
- Use a ceiling fan or a floor fan to circulate the cool air.
- Take a cool bath or shower before bed. Strangely enough, some people prefer taking hot showers and hot baths when room temperatures are very high. The problem of course with hot showers is that they increase the humidity, which could make things worse.
- Sleep on a ground level or lower floor if you live a multi-story home, as heat has a tendency to rise.
About Valley Sleep Center
Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center is the Valley’s expert in sleep-related issues. They have provided Arizona with diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients. Their physicians are Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists and they are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They provide diagnostic testing for a multitude of sleep related disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, sleepwalking, and pediatric sleep problems.