Try to get a good night’s sleep on a particularly hot night without central air conditioning. It seems impossible. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can try to cool off so you can get some rest.
1. Opt for Cooler Bedding
Replace your cozy winter flannel sheets and heavy comforter with much lighter bedding. Consider light-colored, cotton sheets and pillowcases. Cotton breathes better than a synthetic fabric like polyester. You can forgo a comforter or blanket altogether, or keep a light blanket folded up at the foot of the bed in case.
2. Pillowcase Comfort
When you get up in the morning, fold your pillowcase up in a water-tight freezer bag. Place it either in the refrigerator or freezer for the entire day, and then you can place it back on the pillow at bedtime. When you have something like that to cool your head and neck off, your entire body will feel cooler.
3. Keep the Heat Outside
On hot, sunny days, you should leave your curtains drawn and window blinds shut. Heat actually can absorb as energy into your furniture and walls during the day. The shade of curtains and blinds prevents that energy absorption.
4. Fresh Air
If your neighborhood is safe, you should consider leaving your windows open at night to invite the night’s breeze in. If there is no breeze, you might consider putting a box fan in your open window to cool the bedroom off a bit. Basic box fans cost about $20.00 if you aren’t shopping for the more advanced models.
5. Eliminate Heat Sources
Turn off any appliance that adds heat to your home. Even a light bulb will generate some heat as it burns electricity. Turn off all the lights and unplug appliances that may still radiate heat in ‘sleep’ mode such as computers and other electronics.
6. Cold Shower or Cool Bath
Just before you go to bed, take a cold shower or soak in very cool water in the bathtub. This will lower your body temperature and help you get to sleep.
7. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water all day long, and be sure you have a tall glass of ice water next to your bed. Though it may result in more trips to the bathroom, the water will keep your body cooler and allow you to sleep better.
8. Go Bare
That’s right! Ditch your pajamas. Sleep in nothing at all or as little as possible to stay as cool as you can.
These few tips should help you feel more comfortable during hot summer nights without central air conditioning. If you do have central air, but it has broken down, you’re in luck! The Cooling Company is available 24/7 to repair your AC system at (702) 567-0707.
If it can’t be repaired on the spot, we’ll install a portable AC unit to get you through until your system is fully up and running as cool as you like it.