After the truly brutal winter that many parts of the U.S. just endured, the return of summertime is sure to be welcomed by most of the country. However, while many of us find summer infinitely preferable to winter, this season isn’t without its disadvantages. For example, if you live in an area that’s prone to extreme heat, getting a good night’s rest during the sweltering summer months may prove easier said than done. Fortunately, maintaining a high quality of slumber throughout the summer season is well within your abilities. Anyone looking to sleep comfortably all summer long is sure to be well-served by the following measures.
Install a Reliable Ceiling Fan in Your Bedroom
No bedroom should be without a dependable ceiling fan – particularly during the summer months. So, if your bedroom’s fan has seen better days – or you lack one altogether – there’s no time like the present to invest in a new one. In your search for the right fan, limit your options to ones that feature a bevy of rotation speeds, manufacturer guarantees and user-friendliness. Additionally, to get the most out of your new fan, adjust its blades to rotate counterclockwise during periods of extreme heat. This will ensure that the fan blows air downward and creates a cooling effect. (If you’re unclear on how to adjust blade rotation, consult the device’s owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website.) If you want your bedroom ceiling fan to serve as a convenient light source, look into purchasing ceiling fans with lights.
Have Your AC Serviced Annually
In order to do its job effectively and efficiently, your home central cooling unit will need to be serviced at least once a year. Allowing maintenance to fall by the wayside increases the odds of the unit becoming dirty, wearing out core components and falling victim to a wide assortment of issues. On the flipside, having it professionally serviced on an annual basis will help stave off large (and costly) problems down the line and keep the device running at peak efficiency for the foreseeable future.
Unsurprisingly, if your central cooling unit isn’t running properly, both the temperature in your home and your quality of slumber are likely to suffer. As such, sleeping well throughout the summertime must entail regular AC maintenance.
Outfit Your Bed with Warm Weather Bedding
Some of us make the mistake of using the same sheets and comforters year-round. However, unless you live in an area that receives the same type of weather all year long, you’re going to need to change your bedding with the seasons. It should come as a shock to no one that using cold weather bedding during the summer months will result in excessive warmth and copious discomfort. To get on top of this, invest in some lightweight sheets and comforters designed for use in warm weather. For example, bedding made from natural fibers like silk, bamboo and cotton is highly adept at wicking away moisture. In the interest of providing yourself with maximum comfort, invest in summertime sleepwear composed of light, breathable materials.
Let in Natural Air
If your home lacks air conditioning or you prefer to run your AC sparingly, consider taking advantage of cooled-down nighttime temps. If temperatures in your area undergo a noticeable drop after sundown, opening up your windows and allowing your ceiling fan to circulate cool air throughout your bedroom can provide you with exemplary overnight comfort. Taking advantage of nighttime temps can be a comfortable and cost-effective alternative to cranking your home’s AC overnight – which prove helpful to anyone who’s tired of paying a small fortune in cooling costs during the summer months.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of proper sleep. In the absence of a comfortable night’s rest, going about your daily routine is liable to prove exhausting and stressful. Even if you lead a fairly relaxed life, poor quality of slumber can turn even the simplest of tasks into arduous chores. Although people experience sleep issues at all times of the year, such problems can be particularly prevalent throughout the summer months. So, if you’re hoping to maintain a high quality of slumber all season long, put the tips discussed above to good use.