How To Sleep Comfortably With No Central Air And 100+ Degree Heat

[ 4 ] September 26, 2010 |

Most of the country is already at the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn and the Holiday Season, but here in SoCal, that is not the case. September is usually our hottest month {Along with May, June, July, August & sometimes October…}, but for whatever reason, this Summer has been odd. I have long held the belief that Mother Nature has PMS. Last Thanksgiving it was almost 100 degrees!! On Thanksgiving.

We live in the inland area of SoCal. That is really, the desert. It’s hot here. We have stretches where it’s 100+ degrees for weeks on end and the nights are not much cooler. Combine that with the fact that we have a house with no central air conditioning and no insulation in the walls or attic, and you have a recipe for a hot box. It’s miserable.

And as per her usual, Mother Nature is having another prolonged hot flash. Yesterday it was 108 degrees. Today, as I write this at 3:11pm, it is 109 degrees. It will likely get hotter as the afternoon progresses and not cool off until 10 or 11 pm.

Needless to say, sleeping is not easy on days like this. Especially when I am one of those who needs a cool place to sleep and if my feet are hot, I am miserable. It is also scientifically proven that a cool room improves the quality of your sleep. It’s one of the reasons I love Autumn/Winter…the cooler temperatures. So I have come up with a formula for making sleeping in this weather and this house in 100+ degree heat a little less miserable.

You will need:

1 high powered/high efficiency floor fan {20 inch diameter seems to be the minimum to get relief}

A box or table to raise fan to the height of your bed

1 ceiling fan above your bed

1 large and very frozen but malleable ice pack {For wrapping/mushing into a shape that helps cool off feet}

Tea towel or hand towel to wrap ice pack in


It is also helpful to leave your bedroom window open slightly. If you can do this without worrying about getting broken into or the outside noise keeping you up, please do so.

Depending on the size of your room, set fan to low or medium

Set ceiling fan also to low or medium {This is personal preference}

Aim floor fan to blow air mainly towards your feet

Wrap ice pack in towel

Place ice pack either under or between feet {Depending on if you are a side sleeper or back sleeper}

Lay down and actually attempt to sleep

Wake up in the morning after a fitful night’s sleep and find ice pack on floor at the end of the bed.

Put ice pack back in freezer.

Pray Mother Nature finally took her hormones today and that the hot flash has ended.

If the hot flash has not ended because Mother Nature will not accept that she is menopausal, lather, rinse, repeat until it does.


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  1. LadyStyx says:

    LMAO! This certainly would not work for me. I can’t have a direct breeze on me, otherwise I wake up with a stuffy head in the morning. As for the icepack on my feet, that wouldn’t last because it would make me wake up half the night to run to the potty. We won’t even go into the fact it would aggravate the arthritis in my feet & ankles. Needless to say, it would be a toss up as to which kind of miserable wreck I’d end up being in the morning. The one that wakes up in a pool of sweat or the one that didn’t sleep all night due to the nightly travels.

    That said, I’m really thankful for the weather we’ve been having. Granted the joints are sore due to the rain we had, but it’s been cool enough to actually open the windows and shut the AC off for a change.

  2. Shan says:

    I think I’d go buy a window AC unit and put it in my bedroom and close the door until it was arctic. Utility bills be damned LOL.

  3. Ugh, everytime we have been without AC it has been so horrible. I do lose weight everytime it happens though ahaha!
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