How to Sleep Better in the Summer Heat

Summer is almost here, bringing many wonderful things like beach days, picnics, ice cream, water sports, etc. However, there are some downsides as well. While sunny days are ideal for going to the beach and cooling off in the water, when it comes to sleeping, it can be a problem. Many people dread the heat because the quality of their sleep always drops in the summer. People complain about always waking up sweaty, having trouble falling asleep at all, and just being frustrated overall. But there is something you can do to fix this problem or at least improve it. We decided to make a list of tips and tricks you can use to sleep better in the summer heat. Most of them are simple but are still very effective.

A woman working out on a mat
Avoid working out before bed if you want to sleep better in the summer heat.

Avoid working out before bed

Working out is good and healthy and necessary for your wellness. It is known that working out improves the quality of your sleep and makes you more energized. However, you need to know the appropriate time to schedule a workout. If you struggle with sleeping in the summer, scheduling a workout before bed is not a good idea. When we work out, our body temperature rises, which can complicate falling asleep in the summer heat. It is best to plan your workout earlier in the day so it doesn’t make it harder for you to fall asleep. According to fitness experts, the best time of day for working out is early morning, before you fully start your day.

Keep the room closed during the day

If you don’t want the heat to accumulate during the day in your bedroom, it is best to keep the curtains drawn and windows closed. This is especially true if you have a bedroom with a lot of windows, as they significantly contribute to heating your room in the summer months. So you should make it a rule to keep it all closed during the day and keep the hot summer air out. That doesn’t mean the room won’t still get hot, but not as much as it would if you kept it open all day. And once the night comes, you can start opening the windows and curtains, as the air will get cooler, and if you are lucky, there will be some breeze to help you cool down as well. This may sound like a simple tip, but it actually helps a lot.

A mattress in a bedroom
Picking the right mattress is important for quality sleep

Pick the right mattress

In order to sleep better in the summer heat, you will need to make some changes regarding your mattress. Many people don’t know this, but certain mattresses work better in the summer because they don’t retain as much heat. Luckily there are a few options you can choose from that will help you fight the summer heat. One of the best options is a latex mattress. It is because latex mattresses circulate air better and don’t retain heat, thus making it more comfortable for us to sleep. They are breathable and better suited for summer months. This may seem like a pricey investment now, but you will see that it truly pays off in the long run. A big concern is that many people don’t have enough space to keep more than one mattress in their homes. Well, that’s where renting a storage unit can be really helpful, and according to experts at, it is best to rent climate-controlled storage for your mattresses.

 A bedroom with a ceiling fan
There are many benefits to using a ceiling fan instead of AC

Use a fan

Another tool in fighting summer heat is naturally a ceiling fan. Having a fan in your bedroom can be very helpful and make sleeping more comfortable. You may be wondering why we didn’t say the AC is the best, but there are a few reasons why a fan is better than an AC. First of all, ceiling fans are more energy effective and environmentally friendly. They use up a lot less energy, so your bill isn’t going to be as high as it would be if you had your AC on the whole night. Also, ceiling fans won’t remove humidity from the air and dry out your skin as ACs do. Fans don’t directly lower the temperature; they actually help the air in a room circulate better and create a feeling of a light breeze in your bedroom which helps you sleep more comfortably and peacefully. For a lot of people sleeping all night with an AC on is not very pleasant, so having a ceiling fan is the best choice.

If you want to sleep better in the summer heat, pick the right bedding

Another thing that impacts the quality of our sleep in the summer months is the bedding we choose. Some materials are simply more appropriate for high temperatures than others. The best thing you can do is buy some quality cotton bedding. Cotton is not only soft and cozy, but it is also a breathable cool material ideal for summer. Also, cotton is hypoallergenic, which makes it a great option for those who struggle with allergies. If, however, you want another option, then the second-best material you can choose is linen. It’s a smooth cooling material and is also very good for dealing with high temperatures.

In conclusion

These are some simple changes you can make in order to sleep better in the summer heat. And you can see they are not that complicated. First, you must avoid exercising before bed as that increases your body temperature. Then make sure your windows and curtains and windows are closed during the day to avoid accumulating heat but open during the night to let the breeze in. Getting a new latex mattress and cotton (or linen) bedding is also a good idea. We also told you all the benefits of using a ceiling fan instead of an AC in order to sleep better. We hope you found this article and our tips helpful!