I do this year-round, but it’s especially good to do in the summer. That way, any breeze that enters you’re A/C-less room will hit you directly. If you aren’t totally comfortable sleeping in the buff, just wear a loose-fitting cotton shirt.
In the summer, you should swap your sheets for some light breathable cotton. Flannel and fleece sheets are good for winter because they are insulating, but cotton is breathable and will help keep you cool in the summer.
This may seem like a minor thing, but up to 30 percent of heat comes into your house from your windows. This is especially true for west and south facing windows. You may also want to opt for some blackout curtains.
To make your sheets nice and chilly, stick them in the freezer during the day and take them out at night before bed. Make sure you put them in a plastic bag though, as you don’t want that “freezer smell” to permeate into the sheets.
While it is called a “hot” water bottle, it works equally well as an ice pack. Just fill it with water and stick it in the freezer. Take it out before you go to bed and place it under your sheets and it will act is a cooling pad.
It gets prettying freaking hot in Egypt. So, the ancient Egyptians came up with this method to keep them cool at night. Just dampen your sheets before you go to bed and wrap yourself up in them. You probably want to keep a dry towel on the bed under the damp sheets so it doesn’t soak through into the mattress. But you’re guaranteed to sleep like a mummy with this method.
Create a cross-breeze in your bedroom by positioning a fan across from the window. This way the breeze from the window will combine with the air from the fan for an extra-cool breeze. You can set this up with several windows to get an optimal cooling effect.
To cool down quickly, all you need is an icepack and a pulse. Since most people have both laying around, this is pretty simple. Just place the icepack on your major pulse points (wrists, neck, elbow, behind the knees, etc.) and it will instantly cool you down.
You can spend $30 on a cooling pillow. The Chillow uses water circulation to keep your head cool throughout the night. You can also go for a natural buckwheat pillow, which doesn’t absorb heat like standard pillows.
If you’re able and have the space, you may want to take your mattress off its frame in the summer and put it on the floor. It is true that heat rises, so it will feel cooler sleeping closer to the floor in the summer. If you live in a multi-story home, you may want to sleep on the ground floor during especially hot summer nights.
Summer time is for grilling anyway, so get outside and use that grill. If you use the stove or oven in the summer, it will heat up your house really quickly. If you absolutely have to use the stove, turn on the overhead fan to absorb any heat.
This may not be an option for everyone, but if you’re single, you may want to call an Uber for your one-night stand after the deed is done. Sleeping with someone on a hot night can be hell. Bodies radiate heat. It’s especially bad if you’re with a cuddler. Sleeping alone allows you to sleep spread eagle, which will aerate your body.
Heat escapes from the top of your head and your feet (that’s why the cool pillow works). So, before you go to bed, stick your feet in a bucket of ice water for a few minutes. There are a ton of pulse points in your feet so you will cool down quickly. Keep that bucket of water by your bed all night and dip your feet in if you’re feeling warm in the middle of the night.