How to Get a Restful Night’s Sleep in a Heatwave

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A staggering 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. And if this is you, then you will know how difficult it can be to fall asleep in the summer heat.

Here are some ways to get a good nights sleep.

Certified sleep consultant Jenni Juni suggests that you cool down your bedroom throughout the day.

“Throughout the day, keep the doors open to the bedroom so that air can circulate,” June said.

Even if you want to be in the sunshine, it is best to keep your blinds open all day.

Another tip — heat rises, so if have a downstairs bedroom, sleep there, or turn a couch into a makeshift bed. 

If your child is having trouble sleeping in the heat, send them to bed with something cold, like a frozen teddy bear, June said.

“Grab a bottle of water, spray down their little stuffed animals or toys and stick them in the freezer,” June said. 

Your sleep quality can be affected by the food you eat every day.

“Believe it or not, what you eat during the day will impact sleep, so protect your gut health. Light meals, nothing heavy before bed,” June said.

One final tip has to do with what to wear — or not to wear.

“Naked is best, but if you must wear pajamas, make sure they’re lightweight, breathable cotton, and use cotton bedding and sheets as well,” June said.

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