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We love summer for its beach days and fruity drinks and sundresses. We don’t love summer for its uncanny ability to foil our every attempt at sleeping comfortably. Between sweaty sheets and sticky skin, getting a good night’s rest can be tough when it’s a bajillion degrees. Here are six ways you might not have thought of. 

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Take a Shower Right Before Bed
Does anything beat the clean, cozy feeling of hopping into bed right after showering? We think not, but doubly so when it’s super hot out. Taking a chilly shower right before going to sleep lowers your body temperature and wards off that sticky feeling you’re bound to get.

Keep Your Shades Closed During the Day
Right when you wake up, you should open your bedroom shades. Natural sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D and boosts serotonin levels, which can improve your mood. But, once you’re done getting ready, close the shades for the day. By not having the sun beat down on your bed (especially if your windows face south and west), you’ll keep the temperature low and make your nighttime routine a whole lot more comfortable.

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Use a Buckwheat-Filled Pillow
You’ve been sleeping on the same set for years. It’s time for a pillow upgrade, in the form of a buckwheat-filled version like this one from Hullo, which promotes better airflow and doesn’t absorb heat like typical down or poly-fill pillows. On top of their cooling properties, buckwheat pillows have a malleable quality that allows them to support the space beneath your neck, keep your spine straight and help your neck and back muscles completely relax. Wins all around.

And Slip on a Silk Pillowcase
It’s not just what’s on the inside that counts. Once you’ve got your cooling buckwheat-filled pillow, cover it with a silk pillowcase (we like Slip's version). Silk is a natural temperature regulator, it’s far gentler on your hair (not today, bedhead) and it could protect the delicate skin on your face in the long run, too.

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Switch to Sheets with a Lower Thread Count
High-thread counts are synonymous with luxury, but in the heat of the summer, they’re actually less comfortable. The higher the thread count, the less breathable your sheets. So instead of that fancy-schmancy 800-count set, opt for a lower number in the summer, like these from Brooklinen that clock in at 270. 

Sleep Alone
No offense to your S.O., your kids, your dog...but having more than one person in your bed majorly increases the amount of body heat. If sleeping solo is an option, go for it. Once you’re all by yourself, spread your limbs wide so your arms and legs don’t touch each other. It’s the best setup for circulating air, and you might as well take advantage of the extra space while you have it.  

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