The dog days of summer are quickly approaching. Soon, the humidity will start to creep in as well. While air conditioning is the way to go, sometimes you’re still not cooling off as fast as you would like. Even worse is if your home has no A/C or it breaks down. No matter the case, we found the best ways to stay cool during those long hot summer days.
10 Tips for Staying Cool During the Summer Heat
Practice Deep Breathing (2-3 minutes)
- Curl your tongue toward the middle. Take a deep breath in through your mouth. Hold your breath for a count of ten and slowly exhale through your nose. Repeat 5-10 times.
DIY Air Conditioning
- Take a bowl of ice (or frozen water bottles) and place it in front of a fan. It will help to create a cooler breeze.
Cotton is Your Friend
- Examine the material your sheets are made of and if they aren’t cotton, consider switching. Cotton is commonly known as a lighter, cooler fabric that is breathable and promotes ventilation.
Egyptian Sleeping Techniques
- Try this historical technique. Egyptians used to dampen a sheet or towel in cool water and use it as a blanket. A modern recommendation: lay the sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid a wet mattress.
- Many people don’t think that sleeping can cause dehydration but if it’s hot enough, sweating can be a major issue for staying hydrated. Drink a full glass of water with ice before bed. It will help cool you down and keep you healthy.
- One of the best things to help with the heat is to turn off the lights. Light bulbs naturally give off heat so on hot summer nights consider not using lights or using them sparingly. You can also try to use natural light or candles to help minimize the amount of heat produced by bulbs.
Hungry? Think spicy food.
- Penn State University professor, Luke LaBorde states that “eating spicy food increases blood circulation and make you sweat.” Sweating helps you cool off and it’s safe because your body temperature is not being raised unnaturally.
- Most people know that aloe vera helps cool off sunburns but can it just cool you off? Of course! You can use aloe vera to just generally cool you off, you don’t need to be sunburnt. Try making the aloe vera into a spray for easier and cleaner application.
- We recommend serving this tea cool to keep you at a comfortable temperature. The chrysanthemum is believed to naturally lower body temperature.
Simple Idea: Cold Shower
- If all of the above ideas seem a little too complicated or don’t work, try a cool shower. If you take frequent cold showers, you can assist your body to keep a lower temperature and it also helps wash away sweat. We recommend just trying this at the end of the day before you head to bed and first thing in the morning.
We hope these ideas will help you to stay cool during the typically hottest and longest days of summer. If you have any more tips for staying cool please share them below. We love to hear from our readers!
Sources: Reader’s Digest, Greatist
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