There are many things that can hamper a good night’s sleep: late-night Netflix binges, inadequate exercise, a 3 p.m. latte. But a hot bedroom can be one of the most frustrating.
For most people, optimal sleeping conditions are between about 60° F and 68° F, and 40 to 60 percent humidity. Anything outside these ranges, experts say, and sleep quality plummets. Multiple nights spent tossing and turning can leave you cranky and unproductive during the day, and over time poor sleep is tied to some serious health consequences.
In the coming years, experts predict that—thanks to climate change—more heat waves will ripple across the globe with increasing intensity.
But with a few smart tips, you can transform an uncomfortably hot bedroom into something more tolerable, ensuring sounder slumber on even the warmest summer nights.