We have all been there before, some of us many times. We struggle to sleep because we are glued to our sheets with sweat and it is so nasty and disgusting. There are few things in this world that are worse than trying to get a little sleep in a room that is hot and sticky.

The easy solution to end this suffering is quite simple; buy an air conditioning unit from Total Care Heating and Air in Riverside. But perhaps you already have an air conditioning unit that just happened to break in the late evening and you have to suffer the night without cool flowing air until we can get there for AC repair in the morning.

So what do you do to survive the night without air conditioning?

Be Smart

Your box fan and ceiling can be used together to keep your bedroom cooler. Instead of having them blowing hot air around randomly, set them up to work together.

Your box fan can be positioned next to the open window to push hot air outdoors. Your ceiling fan can be adjusted to pull hot air up as opposed to blowing down on it and just twirling it around the room.

Go Cotton

You might enjoy the feel of silk or satin sheets on your skin, but if it is hot, trade them in for cotton sheets. Light-colored bed sheets made of a lightweight cotton will prove to be much cooler on your body because they are breathable and an excellent way to promote ventilation to your body parts.


Lying in the cross-hairs of dueling fans is a good idea. Position one fan across from an open window and one opposite it to create a cross breeze that will cool you down.

Befriend the Freezer

Toss your cotton sheets into the freezer for a few minutes before you decide to go to bed to get them nice and cold. They won’t stay cold for long, but at least you will have a break from the heat. You could rotate two sets for sheets in and out of the freezer if you are having a real hard time sleeping.

Ice Packs

Freeze some ice packs and toss them under the covers. These will work to keep it nice and cool under your cotton sheets.

Damp Sheets

You can get your cotton sheets damp and then use them like a blanket to cover you and keep you cool. You might want to put a towel underneath so your mattress doesn’t get wet.
Sleep Alone

Sorry buddy, but sleeping alone is going to be a lot cooler than having to endure all of that body heat from your spouse.


Drinking a lot of water before you go to bed can help you sleep. Be careful not to overdo it as too much water will keep you up making bathroom trips.

If you only have to suffer one night of heat, these tips should help you sleep better. If you don’t have an air conditioner, you will suffer every time it gets hot. You best bet is to call Total Care Heating and Air and have air conditioning installed.