It can be so hard to sleep when it’s hot. While you may deal with the tossing and turning in silence, your kids may not. Not being able to sleep can lead to cranky children. Thankfully, there are tips to help your kids sleep when it’s hot. Let’s take a closer look.
Move Your Kids to a Cooler Area of the Home
If possible, move your kids to the coolest area of the home. This would be the area of the home that is shaded by trees or doesn’t get sun in the evening. If you have a finished basement, sleeping downstairs would also be cooler. If moving your kids to another area of the home isn’t an option, consider hanging hammocks in your kid’s rooms. Hammocks allow for more air flow, thus allowing for cooler sleep.
Switch to Cotton Bedding and Sleepwear
Satin may seem like a better option for the summer months cause it’s cool to the touch. However, satin doesn’t wick away sweat. You want cotton bedding, underwear, and sleepwear because it will wick away moisture while your kids sleep. This will allow them to sleep cooler. Just be aware that you’ll want to wash everything more frequently than you would in the winter.
Be Smart About Fans
There are so many different ways to set up fans. First of all, if there are ceiling fans in the child’s room, make sure they are running counter-clockwise to pull the heat to the top of the room. You can also set fans in windows facing backward to pull the hot air from the room. Another tip is to place a fan on one side of the room facing a window to create a cross breeze over the bed.
Place Ice in Front of a Fan
This is an oldie, but a goody. Long before air conditioning, people placed containers of ice in front of fans to create a cool breeze. This works wonderfully on hot nights. It’s also a great alternative to air conditioning for any part of the home, during any part of the day.
Take Showers Before Bed
Last, but not least, take cool showers before bed. If your family normally takes showers in the morning, either switch or do both. You want to wash away all the sweat and grime from the day so that you can sleep better. It may sound obvious, but it really does help. Your kids will sleep so much better when they aren’t sticky with sweat. Plus, the cool shower will make them cuddle up in their beds and go to sleep.
Summer can be the worst when you’re trying to sleep. Thankfully, there are so many simple things you can do to help your kids sleep when it’s hot.