Summertime in a Weak Economy: How to Sleep Better

Many parts of the U.S. have seen multiple days with triple-digit temperatures this summer.  With its extra-long days, heat and humidity, summertime always represents a challenge for getting a good night’s sleep. Many Americans are cutting back on air conditioning as a way to save money right now, making the quest for good sleep in the summer even more difficult. has some assistance, however, with tips to help people cope with the seasonal strain.

“Longer days and heat in the summer can really have a profound effect on our sleep patterns,” said Dan Schecter, vice president of consumer products at Carpenter Co., and creator of “If possible, work to keep your house dark and sheltered from the worst of the heat and sunshine of the day. Keep your home as cool as possible during the day with shades and blinds, especially if you want to avoid high air-conditioning bills.”

Schecter says the ideal sleeping temperature is 68–72 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be a challenge to achieve in the summertime. A ceiling fan in the bedroom can be a major help: the swooshing sound and cool breeze can help provide a favorable environment for good night’s rest.

Here are some more summer sleep tips from

  • Avoid hot, heavy meals at dinnertime. A rich dinner can come back to haunt you in the middle of the night, especially in the summer.
  • Make sure your bed clothes are made up of cool, lightweight and breathable fabrics. Your sheets, blankets and pillows can make a major difference in your summer comfort.
  • Take a cool bath or shower before bedtime.
  • Don’t make major changes in your regular routine, even during summer break. Staying up late, sleeping in and extra long naps can interfere with your normal sleep patterns.
  • If you have long hair, put it up in a ponytail or bun on the top of your head so it isn’t covering your neck and shoulders.
  • In extraordinarily hot periods, look for the coolest room in your house to sleep. During a heat wave, don’t be reluctant to have a “family campout” in the basement.

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