Tips for Better Sleep During Warmer Weather
By: Jenn Kelner, CPA, CA
Certified Child Sleep Consultant
Q: Does the weather (pressure, humidity) have an affect on sleeping? I live in Southern Ontario in Canada and we have humid weather all summer long. Is there anything I can do to make sure our children have a great sleep despite this sticky humidity and pressure?
Your child’s sleeping environment can affect how well they sleep at night. Children sleep best when they are dressed appropriately and the room is on the cooler side – between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. During warmer summer months it’s often hard to keep the bedroom or nursery at a temperature conducive to sleep. Falling barometric pressure and an increase in humidity may also trigger headaches or migraines if your children are already susceptible to them, which will make sleeping more difficult.
Here are some tips for getting a better night’s sleep during warmer weather:
● Keep the room as dark as possible. This will help keep the room a cooler temperature.
● Use an air conditioner, a floor fan or a ceiling fan to keep the air moving.
● Give them a cool bath before bed.
● Drink plenty of fluids, and for older children, keep a bottle or cup of cold water nearby for sipping through the night.
● Place a cool, damp washcloth on the back on their neck or their forehead to keep their body temperature down.
● Dress them in breathable, comfortable pajamas.
Following a few of these simple tips will help keep your children sleeping great despite the warmer, stickier weather.