How to survive the hot summer nights

With the arriving of warmer summer days, the evening will also sometimes be unbearably hot so we often have trouble sleeping. One of the options for the solution of this problem is to adjust the air condition to the optimal temperature for sleep or set it to the minimum because at night, during sleep, the body cools and if the temperature is too low, there is a possibility that in the morning you wake up with painful muscles or a cold.

Also, if you leave the air conditioner to work throughout the night, you will probably get a quite large electric bill.

Luckily, there are alternative ways of cooling during the hot summer evenings:

  1. Take care that you linen is made of cotton – forget about the satin, silk, polyester and other bedding materials. The best solution is cotton, which is soft and light and through which your skin can breathe.
  2. 2. One of the options for cooling is to put the sheets in the bag and refrigerate them for a few minutes. This will not cool you throughout the entire night, but it will at least provide enough time to fall asleep.
  3. To cool off, you can resort to the so-called “Egyptian method” which involves wetting blankets or towels with cold water and then placing both wet blankets over that dry to avoid the water get to the mattress.
  4.  If you can, sleep naked. Some people claim that way is the most effective during the hot summer evenings, while others argue that in this way all the sweat stays on you, rather getting partially absorbed by the fabric.
  5.  Combination fan and ice – for this way of cooling, it is necessary to fill a shallow bowl of ice and set up between you and the fan and adjust the fan to blow across the bowl with ice. In this way, instead of the circulation of hot air, you will feel the cool, icy breeze.
  6.  If you can -sleep on alone. If you’re in a relationship or married, you do not need to sleep along with your partner during the hot summer nights. If you have the option – sleep separately. The additional heat from the other body will only make you feel even hotter and you will be nervous, so you will not be able to sleep well. Therefore, it is better to sleep separately than to argue unnecessarily.
  7. Drink plenty of fluids – at least 2 cups of cold water before bedtime. Sweating at night can lead to dehydration, and to avoid the dehydration, increase the intake of the water before bedtime.
  8. Cool off in the shower – a cold shower is one of the best things in the summer. So, before you go to sleep, take a shower with lukewarm water first, and then gradually reduce the temperature. Shower will wash away the sweat, the skin will be able to breathe, and you will lower your body temperature.
  9. Cool off your feet! It is a known fact that our feet are very sensitive to temperature, so you can easily cool the whole body by immersing your feet in cold water before you go to bed. You can put a bowl of cold water next to the bed in order to be able to cool your feet every time you get warm.
  10.  Switch off the lights and electrical appliances as they only contribute to increasing the room temperature.

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