How to Fall Asleep When It's a Million Degrees Outside and You're Hating Life


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Frankly, when I moved to L.A., I figured that my sleepless summer nights were behind me. I realize that this was probably a misguided notion, but hear me out: I've spent most of my life on the East Coast, which, in addition to peaking at fairly astronomical temperatures in July and August, becomes an actual sauna when you throw in humidity. Combine that with the lack of air conditioning in my Brooklyn apartment, and you might understand why I was hopeful that upon transferring to a bone-dry climate, never again would I have to lie awake at 3 a.m. with sweat beading on my forehead, begging the universe to at least let me drift off. 

This week alone has exemplified how wrong I was—we're in the middle of a scorching heat wave in Southern California, one that has basically rendered my studio apartment into a 600-square-foot oven, even after the mercury dips at night. And while I have certainly employed some tricks to find relief—foregoing pajamas, for one thing, and placing a small-but-powerful fan right by my bed—ultimately, they only make falling asleep slightly more bearable. It was time to put the call out for more pointers—and after polling a group of real women in a popular wellness Facebook group, I already have some fascinating new strategies to try out. (And I do mean fascinating—multiple people advised icing my feet.)

Find out how to sleep better this summer below.