Stay cool: How to sleep through hot summer nights

Stay cool: How to sleep through hot summer nights

Finding it too hot to sleep? When the temperature rises and stays high overnight, having a few tricks up your sleeve can make getting a good night’s rest much easier.

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid caffeine, alcohol and big meals before bedtime. The heavier the meal, the more heat your body produces to break it down. Instead, trying having a tasty summer salad or fruit and yoghurt for dinner - not only will you sleep easier, if you don’t heat up the kitchen the rest of your house will stay cooler too.

Lie low

Warm air always rises, so lie low on those hot summer nights. If you are in a double storey house, try moving to a downstairs bedroom or even a basement if you have one.

Create a cross-breeze

Creating a cross-breeze is one of the simplest ways to cool your home. To do this, open a low window on the cool, shady side of your house and a higher window on the hot, sunny side. Open all of the doors in-between so the air can flow through, creating a cross-breeze ‘vacuum’ through your home.

Unplug at night time

Lights, computers and other gadgets can give off heat while plugged in, even when they're turned off. To help reduce excess heat in your home, turn non-essential appliances and equipment off by their wall switches before you go to bed. You’ll stay cooler at night and save on your electricity bills too.

Invest in an air conditioner

Thanks to today's affordable and energy-efficient air conditioning systems, there’s no reason to suffer through another sleepless night. If you’re looking for a complete climate-control solution, reverse-cycle air conditioners can both heat and cool your home, so you’ll stay comfortable all year round.

Getting a good, cool night’s sleep doesn’t have to mean high electricity bills. Check out EnergyAustralia’s electricity plans to make sure you’re getting the best deal on staying cool this summer.