Have you been waking up in the middle of the night due to unbearable heat and having to clean up your sweats? Or have you been using your jotter to fan yourself in the day at work because your office fan does not seem to cool you off?
Whatever issues you are experiencing and the measures you have been using to tackle it, be rest assured that you are not the only one in this situation as many have been experiencing the same for a while now. I have been surfing the web on how to help myself during this hot times and I will love to share my findings with you.
I will discuss below some measures you can take to keep cool in the day or night. I have tried some of this and really, the experience is just so cool.
Let’s learn together!
Wears and Backpack
- Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color. Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
- Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you’re ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you’ll have a supply of cold water with you.
- Take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water.
- Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sport drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
- From a tennis pro: if you’re wearing a cap or hat, remove it and pour a bit of ice cold water into the hat, then quickly invert it and place on your head.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration.
- Instead of hot foods, try something lighter including frequent small meals or snacks
containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products. As an added benefit, you won’t have to cook next to a hot stove.
In the Office or at Home.
- Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
- If you thought fans are just for blowing hot air around, think again! Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room.
- Try a popular “Egyptian method” which involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. I recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress.
- Get a leg up on hydration by 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.
- A cold shower takes on a whole new meaning come summertime. Rinsing off under a stream of tepid H20 brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat (ick) so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean.
- 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.
- Go old-school: Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? 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.
- Turn off the lights:This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Light bulbs (even environmentally-friendly ones) give off heat. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible, and keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally or not at all.
- When temperatures soar, trade in that extra-comfy mattress for straw or bamboo mat. Though these all-natural sleeping surfaces are less comfortable, but they don’t retain heat like a puffy, cloth-covered mattress.
Plant a tree: You may have to wait several years to see the benefits of this approach.
Let’s hear your thoughts on what measures have been working for you in the comment section below.