Sleeping in summer: how to stay cool

Let’s face it—Australian summers are on another level!

I love most things about the hottest season of the year—the late sunsets, spontaneous trips to the beach, the smell of summer rain on a warm night.

But there’s one thing I don’t love.

And that’s trying to get to sleep!

Sometimes, I struggle so much to get some shuteye that I’m totally exhausted the next day. I’m sure you know the feeling.

Don’t worry. Since I figured out how to sleep well in summer, I’ve been so much happier, more energised, and ready to truly enjoy the warmer weather!

1. Airflow, airflow, airflow.

I’ll say it once more for the people in the back—airflow! This is my number one essential tip for staying cool in the summer.

If you don’t have air conditioning at home, never fear. You’ll be fine as long as you can keep air moving through your sleeping space and block out any excess light.

Open a window to keep air flowing freely. During the day, block out any sun with dark curtains or shades (a blackout curtain is a great choice)—this will stop your room from retaining heat throughout the night. If possible, invest in a portable fan and set it up to gently blow across your sheets.

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2. Stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated is important any time of year—but it’s especially crucial during summer.

I always keep a bottle of water by my bed and take a long, refreshing drink as soon as I wake up. It’s the perfect way to start your day and get rid of that awful dry-mouth feeling we all experience during summer.

To make sure water is always by your side, try a bedside caddy with a built-in bottle holder. There’s nothing better than the revitalising taste of cool water in the morning!

3. Material matters.

I didn’t know it until recently, but there are so many blankets and quilt types to choose from. I slept with a heavy winter blanket for a long time until I realised summer quilts were a thing!

Bedding made from lightweight fabrics, like cotton or bamboo, is super breathable, cooling, and—most importantly—essential for a refreshing night’s sleep.

So, the formula for summer sleeping is as follows: proper airflow + hydration + cooling material. Add these three factors together, and you’ll have the best sleep of your life.

Happy snoozing!