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6 Tricks That Can Help You Sleep Better in the Summer Heat

When summer comes around most of us rejoice because it’s an opportunity to spend more time outdoors and drink cool mojitos by the poolside. But the thing that’s not appealing about summer is the heat, and how hard it is to fall asleep at night.

If you find you’re having troubling sleeping, then there are some things you can do to make your night more comfortable, such as changing your pajamas and bed linen to cotton (leave the silk and polyester sheets for another time). According to RTE, during the warmer months having a fabric that is breathable is essential, and cotton allows the air to circulate much better than synthetic fibers. Marie Claire also notes that it's not just the fabrics, but also the fit. Loose clothing is best because anything too restrictive will retain heat.

Something you may not have considered during summer is how your food can affect your body temperature. If you’re eating a heavy meal, it will take longer to digest, and therefore your body’s internal temperature will rise, RTE reports.

If you want to be able to sleep well during the heat then it’s important to remain hydrated, Marie Claire reports. Also, an ice cold glass of water will help lower your body temperature. Another trick would be to cuddle a cold water bottle, and according to the publication, instead of a hot water bottle, you instead should freeze the water.

Actually, Greatist suggests it’s not just your water that you should stick in the freezer, but also your sheets. According to the publication, the sheets should be put in a plastic bag first and taken out only a few minutes before bed.

Another thing to change is how you use technology, and at least 25 minutes before you intend to sleep you should unplug because the blue light that the screens release suppresses melatonin, which is needed for a restful night of sleep.

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