20 Ideas to Survive Hot Summer Nights, Part II
Continued from Part I.
13. Drink more water
Bet on hydration by drinking a glass of water before bed. Tossing and turning at night can lead to dehydration, so pre-fill the tank. (One tip: Only 200 ml will do the job, unless you like going to the bathroom at 3AM.)
14. Take a hot bath
When you sweat, the last thing you want to do is take a warm bath. But surprisingly, it works, according to a study published in a trusted source.
The heat of the water sends a rush of blood to your arms and legs, where the veins are just below the skin. This radiates extra heat and cools the blood circulation. Ideally, jump in the tub at least an hour before bed to give your body time to cool down before jumping into the sheets.
Of course, if you feel too sleepy, a cold shower may sound more appealing. Standing under a stream of cool water lowers your core body temperature and washes you away so you can fall asleep with a cool, clean feeling.
When you sweat too much, the last thing you might want is to take a bath in hot water. Surprisingly, it works.
15. Stay low
The hot air rises, so place your bed as close to the ground as possible to avoid the heat. In a one-floor house, take the mattress from the attic or a high bed and place it on the floor.
In a multi-floor house or apartment, it is best to sleep on the ground floor instead of upstairs.
16. Turn off the lights
This advice is quite explanatory. Light bulbs (even environmentally friendly) emit heat. Fortunately, in summer it is light until later - until 8:00 or 9:00 at night.
Take advantage of natural light as much as possible. Keep the rooms cool after dark, using minimal or no lighting (romantic candlelight dinner, what do you think?).
17. Use the wind from the window
Cool the entire room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The wind that blows will quickly cool the entire space.
18. Keep the stove switched off
Summer is not the time to cook dishes that require high temperature for a long time, such as a hot pot or roast chicken. Instead, prepare dishes at room temperature (salads are a great solution) so that you do not generate more heat in the house. If warm food is important to you, light the grill outside instead of using the oven.
19. Avoid heavy foods
Instead of large, heavy meals, switch to smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to digest. It takes a lot more energy in your body to break down proteins than fats or carbohydrates. So swap this huge steak for summer fruits, vegetables and legumes.
20. Camping at home
Do you have access to a safe outdoor space such as a large terrace or backyard? Practice your camping skills (and sleep in a cooler place) by pitching a tent and sleeping outside.
21. Take the whole bed
Sleeping alone has its advantages, including plenty of room to stretch. Sleeping in an eagle position (ie, arms and legs do not touch each other) is best for reducing body heat and air circulation around your body.
It is good to sleep in this position so that your limbs do not sweat too much.
22. Try rural
When the temperatures are high, try changing your favorite, extremely comfortable TED mattress for a minimalist straw or bamboo mat. These all-natural sleeping surfaces are less comfortable, but retain almost no heat.
23. Trust natural products
Rice and buckwheat are not just for eating! These cereals can also keep you chilled on hot nights.
Try sleeping on a buckwheat pillow that doesn't absorb heat like cotton and down. For a cold compress on really hot nights, fill a sock with rice, tie it and leave it in the freezer for about an hour. The compress will stay icy for up to 30 minutes - definitely enough time to fall asleep sweetly.