Real hot weather – How to stay cool and sleep at night


Weather.com forecast

Tuesday – forecast 104 record high 110

Wednesday – forecast 102 record high 114

Thursday – forecast 98 record high 117

Friday – forecast 97 record high 110

Saturday – forecast 96 record high 102

Creative Ways to Stay Cool 

  1. Cool your pulse points by running cold water or ice cubes over your wrists for a few minutes. Because the veins are closest to the surface of your skin here, the cooling sensation works much faster to lift the heat from your whole body.
  2. Place a cold cloth or cold pack on the back of your neck and leave it there for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Eat small meals rather than large ones as digestion raises the body’s core temperature.
  4. Freeze a couple of water bottles (freeze one for Fido, too, and put it in the pet’s bed to keep him cool) and use them to cool down pulse points.
  5. Fill a bowl with cool water, and dip your little piggies right in. Add some ice if you’re brave, but don’t overdo it. 
  6. Freeze your sheets, gather your bedsheets into a bag and place them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed.
  7. Pick a fight with your significant other just before bedtime. That way you don’t have to sleep with that heavy-breathing, heat-radiating mammal for once. Sleeping alone has its perks, including plenty of space to stretch out. Snoozing in spread-eagle position (with your arms and legs not touching each other) is best for reducing body heat and letting air circulate around your body.
  8. Turn off the lights. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible. Keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally or not at all.
  9. Cool 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.
  10. Sleep like an Egyptian. Those Nile-dwellers knew how to do it right. The “Egyptian method” involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. Place a dry towel under your body to avoid soaking the mattress.
  11. Place a Fan In Front of a Bowl of Ice, put a bowl of ice (or frozen water bottles) in front of a regular fan. The air from the fan will blow several degrees cooler, providing some relief from the heat.
  12. 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 H2O in the tank beforehand.
  13. Protect your pets. A couple of ice cubes in their water bowl can also make a big difference and, of course, keep them out of hot cars.

About Kevin

Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-UPI, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Trustee RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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