When the hot summer starts we always focus on nice picnics, relaxing beach days, and tasty summer drinks. But sometimes the heat is too much and we need to seek for the cooler options.
There are two things we definitely want; enjoy the summer without burning away in the sun and sleep well during the hot summer nights. But when the night falls… we lay in our beds with our sticky body and tossing and turning all night because we can’t fall a sleep. Some of us have a luxury life and enjoy the fresh breeze of air-conditioning in their bedrooms, but some of us don’t. Living through a summer without AC seems impossible, but we got some great solutions for you! Read these 10 tips to beat the summer heat without AC.
Cool your wrists
By cooling your wrist under cold water, every hour for 5 seconds, you’ll feel much better. Because a main vein passes through this area and it helps cool the blood. You will feel much better when you’re body has cooled down.
Eat Small and more often
Foods that are high in protein increase metabolic heat in your body. When you eat a large meal, your body creates more metabolic heat for breaking down the food. Eat smaller meals during hot summers and eat more often.
Cool off shower
Cold showers sounds very tempting during summertime. But your body generates heat to compensate the heat it lost during a cold shower. Take a tepid bath or shower just below your body temperature. This will bring down the core body temperature and will be most effective before sleeping.
Although satin, silk or polyester sheets sounds very soft and lovely, we recommend you to save them for cooler nights. Cotton absorbs perspiration and its evaporation causes you to feel cooler. Bed sheets of lightweight cotton are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation in the bedroom.
Ice in front of a fan
This is an old-school technic but it actually works. Place a roasting pan or something in common, full of ice, in front of a fan. This will create a cool mist when the breeze picks up the cold melted water for the ice surface.
However spooning and sleeping with your partner feels great at the end of the day… it does increase body heat. It makes the bed and yourself a sticky mess. Sleeping alone is way better, and the best way is to sleep in a spread eagle position (with arms and legs not touching each other). In this way you’ll let air circulate around the body and it will reduce body heat.
Turn off the lights
Turning off the lights when you’re going to sleep is logical. But try to keep the light off during the day as much as possible because light bulbs give off heat. Take advantage of natural lights because in summer it stays light until eight or nine at night. Keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally or not at all.
Stay away from the stove
Try to eat salads or any foods that are at room temperature, to avoid generating any more heat in the house. If you want to eat hot foods, fire up the grill instead of the oven. And swap big meals for smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after you chow down on a huge steak than a platter of fruits, veggies and legumes.
Unplug at night
When you’re going to sleep, its better to disconnect electronics. Gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when they are turned off. It also saves energy when you unplug your electronics during the hot summer nights.
Eat spicy food
Although this may be the last thing you want to think about during a hot summer, curries and chillies can stimulate heat receptors in the mouth, enhance circulation and cause sweating, which cools the body down.