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Don’t laugh, guy with the full-blast central A/C. The threat of a sleepless night staring up at a sad ceiling fan may not be able to corner you in your home, but eventually, it will get you — at your cabin, a timeshare, someone's beach bungalow, etc.
So herewith, you'll find a floor-to-ceiling revamp of your entire bedroom with one goal in mind: keeping things cool. Now grab a dual-cooling pillow, strap on an ice mask and get ready for the summer of sleep.
Mattress: Cocoon Chill by Sealy
The sleep giant's entry into the mattress-in-a-box game is an affordable, three-layer sleeper topped with a cover “Phase Change Material” that promises extra cooling you’ll feel immediately.
Mattress Topper: Lucid Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam
If you’re not interested in parting with your current mattress, try this topper: not only does it regulate temperature, it also provides crucial odor and moisture control.
Fan: Dyson Pure Cool
This blade-less option is as powerful as it is handsome, circulating cool air throughout the room on a 350-degree angle while also filtering pollutants.
Blanket: CuteKing Cool Weighted Blanket
The much-hyped Gravity Blanket introduced the masses to the benefits of weighted blankets, but this breathable cotton option (filled with glass beads instead of plastic) will serve you better over the next few months.
Pillow: TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling
Whether you’re a back, side, front or multi-talented snoozer, this supportive pillow features double-sided cooling gel so both sides are the cool side.
Window A/C Unit: Quiet Temp Frigidaire Gallery
Powerful cooling for up to 350 square feet of space, but quiet enough it won’t keep you awake.
Portable A/C Unit: Whynter ARC-122DS Elite
Impressive refreshment in a small package — clocks in at only 60-lbs. and under 2.5 feet.
Bed Sheets: Loomstead
You can’t go wrong with their naturally hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and eco-friendly bamboo; but the cotton will do nicely as well. Take 18% off with the code INSIDE18 (through 5/15).
Curtains: Phoenix Blackout Curtain Panel
According to the Department of Energy, “Studies demonstrate that medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.” And since picking out new draperies is not on anyone’s summer bucket list, skip that and spring for these panels that you can hook behind your current curtains.
Cool Bedroom (2 images)
Pre-Bed Rituals: Peppermint Soap and Cooling Eye Masks
Taking a hot shower or bath “about an hour and a half before you want to hit the sack” has been proven to help your body get into prime sleep-mode. But if a steamy shower doesn’t sound ideal in the middle of a heatwave, try peppermint soap for a lingering cooling effect — like Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap, Every Man Jack Face Wash or the luxurious Refinery Face Mask.
And for those rolling their eyes and muttering at their computers, “You think I haven’t tried all of these already?!”: Take a deep breath, throw this TheraPearl Eye Mask in the freezer, then slap it on those tired lids for 20 minutes before sleep, preferably with your favorite bedtime podcast (we recommend Wallace Shawn's audio drama Evening at the Talk House).
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