Are You a Hot Sleeper?
Are you constantly waking up throughout the night because you’re hot and sweaty? Even in the middle of Winter, you’re kicking off the blankets because you’re dying of heat. That probably makes you a hot sleeper. A hot sleeper consistently feels too warm during the night and often wake up feeling their body temperature is too hot. If steps aren’t taken to sleep cooler, sleep deprivation can start to set it.
How Do You Sleep Cooler?
Keep Your Bedroom Cool
The recommended temperature for your bedroom is anywhere between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit. This can help regulate your temperature as you sleep. However, if it’s a battle for the thermostat, sleeping with the window cracked or a fan on can help.
Look into a Cooling Mattress
Having a mattress that is breathable is extremely beneficial to hot sleepers. Having a cooling mattress can help regulate sleep temperature. At Quilbed, almost all our mattresses are designed with Quilgel Memory Foam. While regular memory foam can trap body heat and make a hot sleeping environment, our Quilgel Foam provides breathability and is cool to the touch.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Water can keep your body cool. Your body releases heat by expanding blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. This results in more blood flow and lead to the heat from your body vanish into the air. If you are dehydrated, it takes a higher environmental temperature to expand your blood vessels. This means you stay hotter. Keeping yourself hydrated can help your body stay cooler. It is recommended to drink around eight glasses of water throughout the day. If you didn’t hit that magic number, it is important to remember not to drink a ton of water right before bed – we all know how that ends up.
Choose Lightweight Pajamas
Bundling up or wearing pajamas made from a thick, non-breathable material doesn’t help you if you’re a hot sleeper. Wearing pajamas made from a lightweight, breathable fabric can help keep your body temperature regular. A moisture-wicking fabric would be the best option for hot sleepers. If pajamas aren’t your thing, sleeping naked also helps your body thermoregulate.
Take a Hot Shower or Bath Before Bed
If you go back to the section where we discussed keeping your body hydrated, you’ll remember we discussed a high environmental temperature expands your blood vessels – leading to heat being released from your body. So, releasing excess body heat before bed can help you sleep throughout the night and even fall asleep faster.