If you have not noticed the increasingly frequent and devastating floods, storms and heatwaves happening around in the world, you might have felt the warmer and more humid temperature on your skin living in Southeast Asia, such as Singapore. It takes global and individual efforts to put on the brakes and slow down rising temperatures. So if you are looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, you may want to start by not turning on your air-conditioning while you are sleeping. Here are 7 ways to stay cool without the A/C while you sleep.
Invest in bed sheets that cool you down and allow your skin to breathe. Bedding material such as Jersey Cotton is not only comfortable and soft to touch but is very breathable. Also, choose moisture wicking fabric such as TENCEL™ or otherwise known as lyocell. Lyocell bedding is well known for wicking away moisture compared to cotton, helping you stay cool and dry in the night.
Low quality foam can restrict airflow, which causes heat to get trapped at the surface where you sleep, making a mattress trap heat. Check that your mattress is infused with cool gel, or otherwise made with natural latex to prevent sleeping hot. Check with the shop before you buy a new mattress if they offer sleep trials. Bedding Affairs offers a 30-night trial for its MatttX™ Mattresses.
Our brain takes up a lot of energy since we use our brain for many activities in the day. In fact, our brains are also working at night when it dreams and it can generate heat on your pillow. So, ensure you get yourself a good pillow that releases heat. Foam or buckwheat pillow cradles and support your head and neck and it also helps you sleep cooler.
Although an electric fan only circulates air without cooling down the temperature in the atmosphere, you can however still build your own A/C using the fan as an aid. Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and strategically place it in front of the electric fan. When the ice melts, the fan will blow the cool breeze throughout the room. If you have only a small electric fan, you can place it near you, wherever you would like to direct it on your body with the bowl in front.
Take steps to cool your room down while you are out in the day. Close the curtains and windows to keep the room dark and cool so that the sun will not bake the room while you are out in the day.
Before you head to bed, get into the shower for a cool shower. Running your body under cold water will cool your body temperature down helping you to sleep cool in the night.
Drink a cool glass of water before bed. If you drink more, it may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break though it is different for different people. You can also choose to suck on crushed ice or a popsicle to help hydrate your body more efficiently. Make sure you are not taking something too sugary or the sugar rush may keep you up the whole night.
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