Migratory Sleeping in the Summer Months

Lots of us sleep better in a cool setting than in an over-heated room. So much so that it sends many out of the bedroom seeking cooler places to lay our heads during the summer months. For lack of a better term, we think of this kind of seasonal movement as "migratory sleeping". Some ideas for where to sleep to enjoy a little cool relief are after the jump:

  • If you live in a house with a basement, this is an almost sure-fire way to find lower temps in which to catch some zzzs. I know that moving from the upstairs attic-like bedroom in my little house to the basement finds temperatures noticeably cooler and more comfortable on hot, stuffy nights.
  • Head outdoors. The breeze and open air will almost always be cooler than an enclosed upper-level bedroom without air conditioning. Thus sprung the popularity of sleeping porches in the south!
  • Lower the bed. Just moving onto a mattress on the floor from a high bed on a frame, box springs, and mattress will cool things somewhat. If that floor is finished in concrete, stone, or tile, you get an added bonus of extra coolth!

How about you? Are you a migratory sleeper who moves with the seasons, seeking the most comfort while using the least air conditioning?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.