Although it's great to see the sun, it can be uncomfortable, when it gets too hot so here are some tips on how to keep cool in hot weather and how to keep cool at night.
Use a Cobber Cooling Neck Wrap
As someone who hates being hot, this has to be one of my best ever buys and it's so simple to use. The Cobber Cool Neck Wrap is made of polyester and cotton fabric filled with poly-crystals which turn into a gel when placed in water. It cools the carotid arteries in the neck which lowers body temperature. You only need to rotate the outside edge towards the neck to maximize evaporative cooling. It's reusable many times, as you just need to re-soak in water when it becomes too dry. They may not be the most stylish of fashion accessories but they do come in a range of designs and they do work. You can buy them online from Amazon plus there also seems to be some other makes available.
Keep the curtains closed
Keeping your curtains and blinds shut during the day will stop the sun coming in and turning your house into a greenhouse.
Put fans next to windows
If you place an electric fan (Amazon) by a window it draws in air from outside which should be colder. If you use this method to keep cool at night, ear plugs and a sleep mask (because it's best if you leave the curtains open) can be useful for this method if you're a light sleeper like me! Put a bowl filled with ice in front of the fan to chill the air. I've tried more than a few sleep masks and this one from La Aquarelle on Etsy is by far the best as I can even sleep in daylight whilst wearing it.
Wear wet clothes
If you dampen your clothes with water, then the heat of your body will make the water evaporate which will cool your skin and lower your temperature. You can ramp up the effect by using a fan to speed up the process of evaporation which will help you feel even cooler.
Sleep under a damp sheet
Dampen a sheet or towel in cold water to sleep under. It's probably a good idea to sleep on top of a dry towel to avoid wetting the mattress. I keep a spray bottle of water on my bedside table to spritz my skin and sheets. If you're having trouble getting to sleep, I've got some great tips to help you naturally sleep faster and longer.
Put your hands in cold water
When your deep body temperature rises, blood is sent to the surface of the skin. As your hands have a high surface area, it will help you cool down to put them in a basin of cold water.
Eat curry and spicy foods
I never need to be encouraged to eat curry but it's good to know that eating spicy food can help you cool down. Capsaicin, a heat compound in chilli peppers, stimulates sweat production which aids evaporative heat loss.
Wear loose-fitting cotton clothes
Loose-fitting clothing allows air to circulate next to your skin again helping to evaporate perspiration. Synthetic fibres absorb heat whereas cotton absorbs perspiration.
A cold shower will actually cause your body to try and preserve heat which is why a lukewarm shower in the 20s Celsius is best. It will lower the deep body temperature but still allow the blood to reach the surface of the skin.
Use your windows to increase air circulation
Open sash windows both at the top and the bottom by equal amounts to cool down a room. Warm air rises and escapes out of the top section whilst cooler air is drawn in through the bottom section. Likewise, if you have a 2-storey home then you should open windows on both floors.
Fan your face
The face has so many receptors on it that it's more effective to fan your face as you'll feel more benefit. Don't go overboard though with a manual fan and make yourself even hotter!
Use thin cotton or bamboo sheets
Bed linen made of natural materials (instead of nylon or polyester) absorb sweat rather than leaving you covered in moisture.
Put your sheets and pillow cases in the freezer
Wrap sheets and pillow cases in a plastic bag and put in the freezer so they have an instant, if short-lived, cooling effect when you get into bed.
Use a hot water bottle or heat cushion
Many of these can also be used in the freezer. I have a lavender cushion which I wrap in a plastic bag and put in the freezer. The lavender scent is great for helping me sleep too. You can buy these on Amazon.
Anti-clockwise ceiling fans
A ceiling fan should move anti-clockwise in the summer so it pulls hot air up and away from you.
What do you do to keep cool in a heatwave?
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