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. SleepBetter.org 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 SleepBetter.org. “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 SleepBetter.org:
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