What a wonderful summer we’ve been having this year in Calgary; the sun and its heat has been out in full force. Many of us are having a hard time sleeping in the heat and don’t have the luxury of air conditioning. It’s unusual for Calgary to have such long stretches of warm weather and our sleep quality suffers. Sleep is crucial for our mental and physical health and it is important we try to beat the heat as best we can.
We read up on sleep hacks and tricks for getting through these hot summer nights and picked our 6 favorite tips. Some seem like common sense and others are pretty wacky. However, when it’s 30 degrees inside our bedroom and we have to get to sleep anything is worth a try.
Use Cotton Sheets
Save the satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.
Freeze the Sheets
Stick sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend placing them in a plastic bag first. Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat, hopefully long enough for you to fall asleep and for the cooler night air to make its way into your bedroom.
Use a Hot (Cold) Water Bottle
Buy a hot water bottle In winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty toes without cranking the thermostat. During summer, stick it in the freezer to create a bed-friendly ice pack.
Turn the Fan Around
If you thought fans are just for blowing hot air around, think again! Point fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room.
Make your own A/C
Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
Get a leg up on hydration by drinking a glass of water before bed. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some H20 in the tank beforehand. (Pro tip: Just eight ounces will do the trick, unless you’re really into those 3 a.m. bathroom runs.)
For more great tips and hacks on how to beat the summer heat check out the full article
If you think you got too much sun exposure, suffered a heat stroke or require medical attention please come in see one of our family doctors at our health clinic in Douglasglen, Calgary SE or at our health clinic at the Calgary Airport. Walk-ins are welcome, and the wait time is usually very short or none at all.