How to stay cool in the hot weather – 11 tips and tricks to keep you comfortable during the heatwave
Yes, we are STILL in the middle of a heat wave and here are a few creative ways to keep you cool until the weather breaks!
Here’s a four-seasons tip for keeping utility charges down: Buy a hot water bottle. In winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty toes without cranking the thermostat. During summer, stick it in the freezer to create a bed-friendly ice pack.
Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Me neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
Position a fan across from a window, so the wind from outside and the fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze. Feeling fancy? Go buck-wild and set up multiple fans throughout the room to make the airflow even more boisterous.
I can’t vouch for its effectiveness, but the chillow—a high-tech pad that stays cool through water circulation—seems like a genius idea.
Get a leg up on hydrationby drinking a glass of water before bed. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some H20 in the tank beforehand. (Pro tip: Just eight ounces will do the trick, unless you’re really into those 3 a.m. bathroom runs.)
A cold shower takes on a whole new meaning come summertime. Rinsing off under a stream of tepid H20brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean
Hot air rises, so set up your bed, hammock, or cot as close to the ground as possible to beat the heat. In a one-story home, that means hauling the mattress down from a sleeping loft or high bed and putting it on the floor. If you live in a multi-floor house or apartment, sleep on the ground floor or in the basement instead of an upper story.
Cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the room’s temperature.
There are lots of pulse points in the feet and ankles. Cool down the whole body by dunking (clean!) feet in cold waterbefore hitting the hay. Better yet, keep a bucket of water near the bed and dip feet whenever you’re feeling hot throughout the night.
Rice and buckwheat aren’t just for eating! These cupboard staples can also keep you cool on hot nights. Stock up on buckwheat pillows, which don’t absorb heat like cotton and down. And for a cold compress on really hot nights, fill a sock with rice, tie it off, and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so. The compress will stay chilly for up to 30 minutes, definitely enough time to nod off.
Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. I recommend placing them in a plastic bag first. Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief relief from heat and humidity.