For those who suffer from insomnia, you know how hard falling asleep (and staying asleep!) can be. For those of you who don’t suffer from insomnia, getting a good night’s rest can still be difficult – especially on nights as hot as the ones we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver lately, thanks to warmer than usual weather.
So what do you do if you’re finding it too uncomfortable to get that desperately needed shuteye? Check out some of the helpful tips and tricks below.
If you’re looking for a quick cool-down, crank up the A/C. Of course this is the obvious answer, but unfortunately not everyone has (or can afford) air conditioner; while others who do have air conditioning find it aggravates their sinuses, therefore avoiding it altogether for that reason.
A/C can also aggravate pre-existing medical conditions, such as low blood pressure, arthritis, and neuritis, as well as cause dry skin, and may even cause breathing problems. If you suffer from any of these conditions, then air conditioning is something you should avoid and you should instead use fans.
Aloe vera has many great uses. In fact, you can even buy aloe vera juice to drink at the grocery store. What you might not know about aloe vera gel, however, is that has great cooling effects. Applying a small amount of aloe vera gel onto the skin and face before going to bed at night can help cool you down, and will feel soothing to the skin as well. Tip: It’s also good to use on sunburns and minor bug bites (such as mosquito bites.)
This might sound strange, but sticking your bedsheets in the freezer for a few minutes can help keep you cool at night; and while the cooling effect won’t last forever, it may help you fall asleep quicker instead of tossing and turning.
Applying ice isn’t just to relieve pain and swelling due to injury. It can also help you get a better night’s rest, especially if applied to certain pulse points, such as behind the knees, ankles, groin, elbows, wrists and neck.
Sometimes the best way to cool down quickly is by hopping in a cold shower. This will not only rinse off the sweat, but showering in cooler water will also help to bring down your core body temperature and leave you feeling much more comfortable and less restless.
TURN OFF LIGHTS
Turning off lights isn’t just about saving on the electricity bill. Lighting (especially certain types) can also give off quite a bit of heat. Because it stays darker out longer during the summer, you should try to take advantage of the natural light from outside as much as possible, and only turn on your indoor lights when it is absolutely, 100% necessary. Additionally, certain electronics, like television, can also give off heat, so keep them off whenever they’re not being used/watched.
Turning on the stove or oven will only increase the temperature inside, so try to avoid cooking anything that requires the use of your strove and/or oven as much as possible when it’s extremely warm outside. Instead, choose foods that require little to no preparation (salad, for example), or stick your food on the barbecue instead.
No, this doesn’t mean drive to the nearest, local campground and pitch a tent. You can do it right in your own backyard. Sometimes sleeping inside can be just too much to handle, while sleeping outdoors at night can be much more comfortable, and you may even notice a bit of a slightly cooler wind breeze once the sun has set. For those with children, this can actually be a fun activity that the entire family can participate in.
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