We’re well into the month of July, and here in New York that means we’re also well into a heat wave. With no sign of the weather cooling off any time soon, it’s time to be proactive and figure out how to get some sleep, despite the heat.
Keep your home cool. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the optimal temperature to fall asleep in is between 54 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit. During the day, try to prevent some of the outdoor heat from getting inside. Keep your blinds and curtains closed to block the sunlight from pouring in your windows, which will keep your home cooler. At night, set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature, turn on the AC, or use a fan to make sure your room is at the perfect temperature for a great night’s sleep.
Use your pillow as a cooling device. At a barbeque over the weekend, my friend told me a trick he used to beat the heat, “put your pillow in a plastic bag and then put it in the freezer”. As I listened in disbelief, I had to check it out for myself, and lo and behold when I opened the freezer door there it was… his pillow. I thought to myself, “there has to be an easier way”, and there is!
Putting your pillow in the freezer? There's an easier way to stay cool!
There are now pillows and products that can give you the chill you’ve been searching for, without the hassle. The Gellyroll Hot and Cold Pillow has a unique hot or cold gel pack, that you can either microwave or freeze depending on your desired pillow temperature. This pillow also has heat sink technology that dissipates your body heat to reduce perspiration, which is great for these hot summer nights! If you love your current pillow but wish there was a quick and easy way to cool it down, you’re in luck! The Pillow Pad attaches to your pillow and absorbs your body heat as you fall asleep. There’s no need to freeze or plug anything in, the Pillow Pad stays cool on its own with a layer of revolutionary ChillGel. So get your pillow out of the freezer and try one of these instead!
Put away the flannel. You’re bedding can have a direct effect on how you sleep. For the hot summer months switch your bedding to something lightweight that won’t trap the heat, like cotton. Cotton is soft and breathable, so it keeps your bed cooler and helps to prevent sweating.
Stay hydrated! Go to bed with a cool glass of water on your bedside table. The dry, hot summer air can cause you to wake up with a dry, scratchy throat. Having a glass of water nearby to drink when you wake up can help to alleviate some of the discomfort.
This morning I visited Sleepy’s Levittown showroom where I met store manager Ted Goldspiel. He gave me a tour of the showroom and reminded me that Sleepy’s Fourth of July Holiday Sale has been extended and is going on now! If you’re in the market for a mattress, be sure to visit a showroom near you or go to sleepys.com.
I’ll be visiting a new showroom every week, so keep checking the Sleepy’s blog for pictures and information. You never know when I may visit a showroom near you!
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Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy