It seems most people love being swaddled in cozy blankets and quilts, warm as baked potatoes, but then also prefer the air surrounding them in their rooms relatively cool and dry. Well, in the hot summertime weather, especially late in the steamy Northeast, the microclimate of your sleeping quarters needs to be proactively managed to create that ideal sleep environment. But fear not, you can accomplish this in a myriad of ways.

As global temperatures escalate and increasing body mass tendencies create more overheated sleepers, mattress and bedding companies have realized the potential market for materialities boasting cooling properties. In bedding, natural heat-wicking fabrics like woven cotton and linens are very popular and not just because of their eco-friendly sensibility but because they promote air circulation around the body. According to bedsheetadvisor.com, the best thread count for cotton sheets are 300 to 500. This allows for air to filter through the weave rather than getting trapped in it. Silk is also historically known for its breathability and the decadent feeling it has on the skin. New fabrics such as rayon made from bamboo possess some of the most effective cooling properties and are hypoallergenic and incredibly soft. Surprisingly, there are synthetics like polyester microfiber with cooling qualities, too. But don’t forget about mattress technology! Some of the greatest achievements in this domain range from mattresses with cooling gel beads to air tunnel networks embedded in the construction. You can learn more about this in one of our previous blogs.

Going back to fabrications, though, think of your choice of sleepwear! Choose loose-fitting pajamas in any of the fabrics mentioned above, like cotton, linen, bamboo, or silk. They are great at wicking away heat from the body, and those breezy jammies feel extra cool when paired with a strategically placed fan. A great trick: put a tray of ice cubes in the path of airflow. The ice will cool the air above ever-so-slightly. The same goes for cold compresses as well. When combined with a flow of fresh air or a light breeze, you’ll be sure to cool in no time.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an ideal room temperature of 60°F to 67°F, but for many, that low end of the spectrum is a little on the chilly side. Other sources give a broader range—up to 75°F, which is great news for energy-conservationists. There are a lot of other ways you can cool your slumber, though, aside from running the air conditioner. Invest in an indoor/outdoor thermometer. As soon as the temperature outside drops below that inside temperature, open up the windows! Even two windows opened can create a cross-breeze and move around stuffy air. The hot air will rise, and out the window, it goes. Perfect for keeping your indoor environment feeling fresh.

For a quick cool-down right before bed, jump in a cold shower. As long as you can bear the shock of the cold and it won’t distract too much from your pre-bedtime regimen, it’s a fantastic strategy. Immersing yourself underneath the cold water can lower your body temperature, and an added bonus—you’ll go to bed squeaky-clean!

Everyone knows you could just blast the AC and muscle through the steamy summer months, but your energy bill might cause an even greater loss of sleep. In most cases, a good oscillating fan will do, and consider an investment in the more sustainable cooling bedding options that will work in your favor all year round.