Should You Freeze Your Sheets To Stay Cool At Night?

Hot and sticky summer nights can quickly become a nuisance, especially when trying to catch up on your beauty sleep. Since when did your home become a sauna? However, there are plenty of easy ways to cool down a room and yourself during a hot spell that don't require aircon. One solution commonly touted online is using frozen bedsheets to solve your woes. If it's only hot for a few days, then this trick could help you save on your energy bills. Running cooling devices all day, every day can rack up significant electric bills, so it's certainly helpful. And, aside from having to remake the bed, it's easy too. However, while it can help you to give you a quick chill, is it really the best option? 

If you want to try this trick out, it's relatively simple. However, there are a few factors that you need to take into consideration before deciding if it's for you. Below, we'll break down how you can try this method out for yourself, and if it really works to help keep you cool. As it turns out, there may be more to it than meets the eye. 

Freezing your bedsheets can provide quick relief

To find quick relief on a hot night, you need to prep your bedsheets in the freezer first. Simply grab your bedsheets and leave them in there for a few hours. You should be able to tell if they're cool enough by touching them and either decide to take them out or leave them. Now, all that's left to do is to put them on your bed before you go to sleep. The feeling of the frozen sheets during a hot night should help to bring you a quick burst of relief it's a great way to keep cool without air conditioning.

The reason this hack works is because the cool sheets help to provide a cold sensation on our skin. However, it may only provide a quick blast of relief rather than a long-term solution. As it turns out, "the amount of energy [your bedsheets] can absorb from your body at night, they will be warm in just a matter of minutes," senior lecturer in agricultural and biological engineering Wendell Porter tells CNN. Moreover, it may actually have the opposite effect and instead increase your body temperature, explains Beingwell, so, you could actually end up feeling hotter.