Posted 04 September 2017 - 06:31 PM
I'm always too warm when traveling during the winter, despite the "adjustable" heat controls. The car itself is always too warm, so even if you turn the heat "off" in your room, it doesn't do much good.
My trick is to sleep with the door open but the curtain closed. (The curtains have velcro attachments along the door frame, so nobody can peek in unless they un-velcro the curtain, which would wake me up.) This allows the air to circulate better, and the room doesn't feel so hot and stuffy. I sleep in pajama shorts and a tank top. If I need to get up during the night, I just throw on a sweatshirt.
Now, keep in mind I can't sleep in a warm room, so take my feedback with a grain of salt. While the "normal" house temperature of 72 may be comfortable for some, it's too warm for me. I keep my heat set at 68 during the winter and turn it down to 64 at night. The cars generally feel like they hover between 72 and 75, which is perfect for those who like feeling like lizards.
I also like fresh air when I sleep, so I bring a little travel fan with me. At home, I sleep with my bedroom window cracked, even during the winter. Having a travel fan is the next best thing.
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