Medical Monday: sleeping soundly in the summer
The best room temperature for sleeping is said to be between 60 and 67 degrees. But in the summer months, that can be tricky.
When it feels like an inferno outside, it can be hard to get to totally cool down inside. And that warm air can be even more annoying when you're trying to get some sleep.
so just how do you get comfortable and have a good night's rest in the warm weather? The National Sleep Foundation has five tips for getting your z's this summer.
First, keep the air moving. If you don't have air conditioning, open the windows and turn on a fan to get some circulation. Step it up by putting a bowl of ices in front of the fan for some added cooling.
Second, shower before bedtime. This will help your body cool down and leave a little moisture on your skin. Making the effects of the fan even more pronounced.
Third, sleep in breathable fabrics. Avoid fabrics like silk that trap heat and sweat. Opt for naturally breathable fabrics like cotton instead.
Fourth, block out the sun's rays. Keeping your room darker will naturally keep it cooler.
Finally, try not to let all that summer fun thrown off your sleeping habits and avoid excessive drinking.
Make sure you still get the amount of sleep you need, even if the sun is still shining outside.