Madrid’s hot summers are no surprise to anyone, and there are also many hot nights, with each summer seeming even warmer than the previous one.
The biggest problem during blistering hot nights is falling asleep, especially if you do not have the luxury of having air conditioning at home, or if your body just does not respond well to the cool flow of the air conditioning.
Today, this article by ShMadrid will give you a few tips on how to sleep cool and wake up refreshed in Madrid.
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Tips to get through the night more pleasantly
Summer has come and with it also came – sometimes – unbearable nights, making it harder to fall asleep. Sleeping in summer can be troublesome because of high temperatures during the night, especially in the central area of the peninsula, where it can easily reach 40 degrees during the day and hardly cool off at night.
In order to have a good night’s rest, we have a few tips that will help you keep cool in Madrid this summer.
Some people choose to turn on their air conditioning, use a fan, or try sleeping with wet hair. And although these tricks can help, not everyone has air conditioning installed at their home. So you might need to look for other ways to cool off on hot summer nights. This article addresses some tips.
Don’t eat too much
Highly processed foods and calorie-rich products take more time to digest and this causes the body to produce more heat during the digestion process.
So the first tip for keeping cool on summer nights is to opt for light and fresh dinners, based on ingredients like fruit and vegetables in salads and gazpachos, for example.
Another tip is not to go to bed immediately after dinner, but to wait a couple of hours before going to bed.
Drink lots of water
Drink plenty of water in summer and stay hydrated as much as you can. Drinking a glass of water before going to sleep is good for your health, and having water on your bedside table is always advisable, in case you wake up thirsty in the middle of the night.
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Forget about heavy pyjamas made of synthetic fabrics
If it gets too hot to sleep, you must choose pyjamas that go with the season. Wear pyjamas made from lightweight, natural and breathable fabrics, such as cotton.
Of course there is always the option of sleeping naked, as any extra layer you can take off during the night will help you keep cool in summer. The less clothes you wear, the lower your body temperature will be.
Take a shower before going to bed
In general, everyone likes taking a cold shower when it is hot, and although it does not sound logic at first, this is a big mistake.
When we cool our body too much, this causes a rebound effect. The feeling of being warm in contrast with the room temperature, will as a result be even greater.
When temperatures are extremely high, it is better to cool down with a warm water shower or bath. The water should need be hot, but it should definitely not be cold either.
Put your pillow and sheets in the freezer
This is the best advice during tropical summer nights in the capital of Madrid. Put your pillow and sheets in the freezer for a few minutes, before going to bed.
Cool sheets will reduce your body temperature, and it will make you more comfortable when falling asleep.
Use a cooling mattress
If you have just bought a new mattress, it will probably be filled with air pockets, which ventilates the mattress and keeps it at a constant temperature. This helps with keeping your body cool during the night. You will not wake up many times during the night anymore, and it will overall help you get a better night’s rest.
What advice do you have for staying cool during Madrid’s summer nights?