Sleeping When it is Blistering Hot

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cooling agent. Showers and baths before bed may help. Strangely enough, some people do better taking hot showers and hot baths when the room temperature is very high. The problem of course with hot showers is that they increase the humidity, which could make things worse.

2. Some people have found that being sprayed by a plant mister or gadget that creates a fine mist may help.


What you can do to improve your sleep environment

1. Light bedclothes and light pajamas or no pajamas are certainly an important option. There are pajamas made from materials that wick away sweat which might be very helpful. Such nightclothes are available and helpful, for example, in women who are having hot flashes during sleep, who sweat a great deal. Such materials include CoolMax ®.

2. Some people find that a fan in the room may help.

If you wake up and you are sweaty and your sheets and pillow cases are wet consider taking a brief shower and change the bed clothes.


What you can do to prepare for future heat waves

1. Since it is getting hotter and hotter, it might be time to invest in some air conditioning units. In many places, room air conditioners are reasonably priced. They are usually hard to find during a heat wave.

2. If you are going to purchase one, make sure that you obtain the right size. For a small room you don’t need a huge air conditioner. Ask the vendor how to calculate what size air conditioner you need. Remember that if you use a room air conditioner it is best to seal the room from the remainder of the house. Offer to share your air conditioned place with others.

Protect your health

Remember that when you sweat a great deal, you lose both water and electrolytes. This can be dangerous. Make sure that you replenish both and do not become dehydrated. Avoid excessive and unprotected sun exposure. Sunburn will add to your misery in trying to sleep when it is hot.

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Joyce Walsleben, PhD, Sleep

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