As we enter one of the hottest months of the Summer, staying cool is priority number one ! While LA, isn’t as humid as my former home state of Georgia, living in a building that was built in 1930, with exposed brick walls and casement windows, that leave no space for an AC unit, makes staying cool during the hot summer nights quite the challenge. Although exposed brick walls were at the top of my wishlist, when searching for an apartment, the downside is that they tend to trap heat, turning my studio into what feels like a brick oven.
“Trust me, I’ve spent countless nights tossing and turning, as my fan circulates hot air throughout my 500 sq ft studio.”
But don’t worry, even without central air or an AC unit, these 6 tips will chase the night sweats away and help you get a better night sleep.
How to Survive Hot Summer Nights with No AC
Change Your Bedding
Combat night sweats by switching to cotton sheets which are lighter and more breathable and absorbent than sateen or percale sheets. (I suggest washing your sheets often).
You should also, switch out your down comforter for a light blanket/quilt or a duvet without an insert.
Place a bowl of ice cubes in front of your fan and enjoy the cool breeze created as the ice melts.
Keep a Cool Head
Since your head is one of the hottest parts of your body, keep it cool with a temperature regulating pillow or go for a more DIY approach by putting your pillow cases in the freezer before bed.
Turn off your tv and other heat-producing electronics, before going to bed, to take the temperature down a notch. Although it may be a little hard to disconnect, leaving your phone and laptop, on the nightstand, instead of sleeping with it in bed, will also make for a cooler night’s sleep.
Block out the Sun
Close your curtains and blinds during the day, to keep out light and UV rays that create extra heat.
Hydration is Key
Keep a glass of cold water on your night stand to keep your body temperature regulated throughout the night. (Not too much though..You don’t want to be running to the bathroom all night. lol)
A cold shower before bed will also cool off your core body temperature.