If you often wake up sweaty and uncomfortable you've probably wondered (maybe even Googled) what you can do about night sweats and how to sleep cooler. If you have, you can take some comfort in knowing you're not alone—83% of Americans prefer to sleep in a cool bedroom, including these women:
If you can relate to the women in our video, consider these helpful tips to understand what you can do about night sweats:
Turn Down Your Thermostat Before Bed
Cranking your thermostat down to a comfortable temperature while you sleep can be expensive, but it's a necessary evil—especially when you consider the affect sleep has on your mood and productivity the next day. To get restful sleep, it's recommended that you set your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees.
If you're more energy conscious, plug-in a fan next to your bed to create a cool breeze or open a window to circulate air.
Only Use Breathable Fabrics
One way to sleep cooler? Sleep naked. But if that's not your thing, make sure you wear light pajamas to bed and use bed sheets that breathe—think cotton, not flannel. You can even buy sleepwear and sheets that wick away heat and moisture so you stay dryer throughout the night.
Keep A Cold Glass of Water on Your Night Stand
There's nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night dying of thirst and having to trek all the way to the kitchen to get some sweet relief. To stay hydrated and cool, keep a cold glass of water on your night stand to quench your thirst. Having a glass of water within arm's reach will increase the likelihood that you won't disturb your partner and that you'll be able to fall back asleep more quickly.
Avoid Spicy Foods & Hot Drinks
You know that feeling you get when you're inhaling a bowl full of really spicy curry? Your nose starts to run and beads of sweat start to drip off your forehead. It may be delicious, but if you struggle with night sweats, it's best to avoid spicy foods and hot drinks like tea, cocoa and coffee before bedtime. Spicy foods and hot drinks commonly trigger hot flashes. If you want to indulge, get your spicy food fix at lunchtime or sip on a hot beverage to get you over the mid-day slump.
Buy a Cooling Memory Foam Mattress
Night sweats are a common problem, especially if you sleep on a traditional memory foam mattress. Traditional memory foam mattresses retain heat. Muse is one of the first memory foam mattresses that blends temperature-regulating foam with a cooling cover to help you sleep cool and comfortable all-night long.
For 7 more tips on sleeping cool, read this blog post.