Some like it hot, some like it slightly cooler, especially at night. When one person in a couple is a hot sleeper, while the other one is less sensitive to temperature, it will result in insomnia for both people. So, if you are looking for tips for hot sleepers, you came to the right place — we will tell you how not to be hot sleep at night and what to do with a hot sleeper partner.
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Spoiler: it doesn’t include separate beds or separation! We are here to bring help for couples who disagree about sleep temperature.
A hot sleeper is someone who always feels warm in bed, which causes him to wake up numerous times at night. As a result, insomnia can lead to health issues such as fatigue, lower immunity, lack of focus, etc. It gets even more complicated when the person who shares the bed with the hot sleeper.
Ten things to do when your partner is a hot sleeper:
1. Avoid cuddling
We are sorry to start with this one, but we wanted to rip off the band-aid right away. Cuddling will warm up both of you and result in a temperature rise and insomnia. So save your cuddles for the daytime and leave your hot sleeper partner some space during the night.
2. Invest in a breathable mattress
Some may suggest investing in a cooling mattress, but what if one of the partners doesn’t need the cooling effect? When you sleep, your body heat is transferred into the mattress. A breathable mattress creates an airflow with the technologies that help wick away the body heat. It is quite an investment, but it does help regulate the temperature at night.
3. Use natural fabrics
Use light, natural fabrics for both pajamas and bedsheets. You want to sleep in something light and breathable. Soft fabrics encourage airflow and let the skin breathe.
4. Cool down before bed
There are several hot sleeper tips to cool down before bed.
First, the hot sleeper can take a cool shower. On the other hand, a freezing shower is not recommended because it works as a booster and can keep you awake for longer. Instead, a medium-temperature shower will get you just the effect you need to both cool down and wind down before bed.
Another way to cool down rapidly is to apply ice or a cold compress to pulse points on the body: the insides of the wrists, the area around the temple, and the neck. Holding even a cold washcloth against the skin on these points will make the entire body feel cooler.
5. Use separate blankets
Using separate blankets is another solution for sleeping cooler at night. First of all, you don’t warm up next to each other, and second — you can simply choose different blankets for different needs. Cuddle in advance, and then go for your comfort under the blanket of your choice!
6. Always keep the room cool
While cooling down the room right before sleeping is always a good idea — the chill temperature is one of the main conditions for healthy sleep. You should keep the room cool all the time if possible. You can do so by:
- Using thick curtains which keep direct sunlight out of the room
- Regularly opening windows if the temperature outside allows doing so
- Using a fan or an air cooler (more on this below, stay tuned!)
7. Turn off the electronics
Did you know that even the slightest light produced by any electronic device when sleeping completely ruins the melatonin? Conversely, complete darkness is key to healthy sleep. On top of that, electronics produce heat on their own. So even if your iPhone may not be the main reason your partner cannot stop overheating in bed, turning it off together with the other devices will help reduce the overall room temperature.
8. Avoid exercising before bed
Globally, exercising contributes to more profound, healthier sleep. If your partner is more of an evening-workout type of person, try suggesting activities that don’t raise the body temperature too much, such as yoga, light walks, or stretching. Intense cardio or strength training, on the other hand, will keep them awake and hot!
9. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
We know you’ve heard this one before, but hydration is crucial for your health. Also, a properly hydrated body is better at regulating its temperature. Don’t worry, your partner won’t need to chug all the required water before going to sleep and then wake up for different reasons. Spreading the proverbial eight glasses of plain water throughout the day will result in many benefits, including regulating the body temperature.
10. Turn on the fan / air cooler
Fans, air conditioners, and air coolers are among the most popular hot sleeper solutions. It is a quick fix that can help your partner feel better in their sleep. However, we have a favorite solution for devices because some have apparent advantages and drawbacks.
- Fans can be loud. If one of you is a light sleeper, you might want to add earplugs to your sleeping kit.
- The air distribution from the fans is uneven and can feel too intense.
- Air conditioners are a good solution if both partners are hot sleepers.
- Even though they are very efficient in cooling, air conditioners can cause a cold and become a source of sickness, even for hot sleepers.
We understand if sometimes parts of the pre-sleep routine for hot sleepers can be exhausting! For example, one can forget to hydrate, go on a late-night run to feel better after a long day, or not feel like burning electricity on AC during the night.
This is why we have a solution that is quiet, perfect for hot sleepers, takes only a second to launch, and will make your hot sleeper cool.
Evaporative air coolers by Evapolar are designed for personal cooling. Contrary to fans, they produce almost no noise. So if your partner is a mix of a hot and light sleeper, an air cooler will do the quiet job of keeping them cool without waking them up.
Air coolers use only 10W of electricity, while an air conditioner uses way more. Let us do the math* for the hot sleepers who need the AC on the whole night:
* We will base it on the average electricity cost in the US in 2022 is 10.66 cents/kWh. You can adjust it to the electricity cost where you live.
Let us say the hot sleeper needs the AC on for 8 hours at night. An average central air conditioner uses from 3000 to 3500W.
3000W x 8 hours = 24000W = 24kW
24kW x 10.66 cents = 2,55USD/night
2,55USD x 30 days = 76USD on TOP of your energy bill.
You can, of course, adjust this price according to the device you are using. Portable air conditioners use less electricity, for example.
However, this is the number that will keep adding up, especially if you and your hot sleeper live in a hot area.
Let us now do the math with the Evapolar air cooler:
10W x 8 hours = 80W = 0,08kW
0,08kW x 10.66 cents = around 0,8 cents/night
0,8 cents x 30 days = the crazy amount of 24 cents / month
We have rounded up some of the numbers, but you can see the tendency. If you want permanent cooling at night, you will save a lot of money using modern, sustainable evaporative air coolers. You can also alternate between an AC and an evaporative air cooler, depending on the temperature and your needs — here is how you can combine both in your household.
If you have any questions on how evaporative coolers work, you can find all the answers in this article.
How else can Evapolar devices help your hot sleeper?
- By providing fresh, gentle airflow throughout the whole night. There are no freezing air conditioners, no buzzing fans — just a nice chill for the perfect, comfortable temperature.
- By using the most natural way of cooling — evaporation. Do you know that during the warm time of the year, many colds are to blame on the air conditioners? This is because the cooling is harsh and unnatural. Contrary to the ACs, air coolers create coolness by evaporation, just like nature has intended.
- By taking care of the other partner. You can direct the airflow of the air cooler at your hot sleeper and let them enjoy the airflow. On the other hand, you will be enjoying the room temperature as long as you are not in the airflow direction. How cool is that?
Evapolar is proud of unique, eco-friendly devices that help create your comfort. Our other goal is to bring some extra comfort into your relationship at night as well. Keep the relationship hot by keeping the hot sleeper cool!
Check out the Evapolar website for the available models, and don’t hesitate to contact the team for more info!
People also ask (FAQ):
1. What exactly is a hot sleeper?
A hot sleeper is someone who experiences night sweats, hot flashes, and high body temperature in their sleep, which causes insomnia and frequent wake-ups.
2. What are the reasons I get so hot when I sleep?
Some of the most common reasons include:
- High room temperature
- Exercising close to bedtime
- Certain types of medication
- Low-quality bed sheets, synthetic and non-breathable fabric
- Hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, hypothyroidism). Please, consult your doctor and do not self-medicate.
3. How do I stay cool while sleeping?
- Keep the room cool
- Take a cool shower
- Get a personal air cooler
- Invest in a breathable mattress and a cooling blanket
- Use natural fabric in both your bed sheets and pajamas
4. Why do some people radiate more heat at night than others?
If the exterior conditions are the same for both partners and one of them radiates more heat than the other, this can be due to:
- Hormonal differences and changes
- Stress and anxiety levels
- Medication (if applicable)
- Nutrition and hydration
- Working out close to bedtime
You can always analyze your routine with a specialist, and they will help you make the necessary changes to become less of a hot sleeper.