Summer And The Blessings Of An Air Conditioner
It is hot summer night, the heat is up and you can’t sleep, thinking if you can stand the night without any air conditioner present.
You are tossing and turning all night long, being all sweaty and trying to cool off in every possible way. And not to mention chasing mosquitoes in between.
That awful “zzz” is only worsening the situation, and you end up with another sleepless night.
Ah, summer has sometimes brutal temps which are simply unavoidable.
Living through a hot summer without an air conditioner seems quite impossible, but, if people at the old times did it so why can’t we?
So, how to cool down a room without any air conditioner ?
Using few quick tips and trips, can make all the difference, and if you are wondering which strategies you should be using to cool down without any air conditioner presence – here they are.
Forget Satin Sheets
Using satin, silk or polyester sheets and having a cool night, is something which is quite impossible. You should try to avoid such bed sheet materials in summer and stick to bed linens made of lightweight cotton.
They are air-through and promote excellent ventilation and airflow in the bedroom. The other ones will only make you sweat, and you wan’t have any chance to cool off – or sleep.
Sheets In A Freezer
Yes, it may sound awkward but it works. Until you fall asleep of course.You can stick the sheets into the fridge(or freezer) for about 5-10 minutes before going to bed.
But, place them in a plastic bag first so they won’t absorb any moisture. And of course, this won’t keep you cool all night long, but it will provide a brief relief from the heat until you fall asleep.
Use Cold Water Bottle
In winter, we all know how to use a bottle filled with hot water to warm up our toes, and now, we can use exactly the opposite – using cold water in a bottle to cool off.
During summer, it is a good idea to stick the bottle into the freezer and create a bed-friendly ice pack help.
It won’t hurt…and it may help you fall asleep faster.
For this matter, you can set a ceiling fan, so the blades run counter-clockwise by pulling hot air up and out, and not only pushing it around the room.
If you haven’t install one yet, it’s about time.
Wet Sheet Cooling Effect
If you want to make this work, you should do following: damp sheet or towel in cool water, squeeze thoroughly and use it as a blanket, but lay it on a top of a BIG dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress.
This is wet risky, but it may work.
Loose Night Clothing
Pick a loose, soft cotton shirt and shorts, so you won’t feel hot. Some people sleep nude, but being totally nude during a hot summer night doesn’t necessarily mean that you will cool down.
You will get cooler, but all the sweat produced will remain on your body instead of being soaked away by a fabric.
Make Your Own Air-conditioning System
You can DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist you will enjoy.
This is interesting and it works.
If you want to chill out super-fast, apply some ice packs as cold compress to your the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles and behind the knees.
It will do the magic – until you fall asleep.
If you want to stay cool, avoid spooning sleeping type.
If you a newly love birds and try to prove you love during hot summer nights – no no… cuddling with you partner will only increase the body heat and make your bed all sticky and sweaty, and unpleasant environment to sleep in.
At least in hot nights, move away from each other and try to find your cool spot somewhere on the sheet.
Do that by drinking a glass of water before going to bed.
You know, tossing, turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so you better get some water and tank up, but no more than a glass or two, if you don’t want to make your bathroom a permanent night buddy.
You will sweat anyway, but staying hydrated is necessary if you want to avoid thirst -wake up- moments, and have another sleepless night.
A cold shower is something to consider. Rinsing off under a stream of cooler water brings down your core body temperature, rinsing the sweat off so you can hit the bed feeling cool and fresh.
As you already know, hot air rises, and the cold air is leveling down, so it may be a good idea to set up your bed close to the ground and try to beat the heat.
Pull down the mattress and see if this will work for you. But, be careful, if you sleep by an open window, make sure you protect yourself from draft.
You don’t want to end up all stiff from it and not being able to move in the morning.
Kill The Lights
It is commonly known that light bulbs give off too much heat. Fortunately, at summer time, daylight is longer and you should take advantage of the natural light as much as possible.
Try to keep the rooms cool after dark by using lights at minimum, or try avoid them.
Hang Wet Sheet
This is a very simple trick if you don’t have the possibility to use an air conditioner.
Try to cool down the room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The night breeze entering the room will quickly bring down the room’s temperature and make it a pleasant place to stay.
Cooking In Summer
Summer is not the perfect time to use the stove too much. You should definitely save your roast chicken for other times and try to switch to salads instead.
Try not to generate any more heat in the house than usual. Use the grill in your backyard, instead of turning on the oven and heating up the house.
In case you are hungry, try easy meals or use your barbecue outdoor.
Because your body produces more heat after a heavy meal, than a platter of fruits and veggies. Such platter will produce inner chilling effect you desperately need.
Worth to try…
Disconnect electronics. Gadgets and other small appliances can give more heat even when they are turned off. Keep the plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use.
And lower the heat.
Sleeping alone has some benefits, such as having plenty of space to stretch out. By doing so, you will reduce some body heat and let the air circulate around the body.
All by yourself sometimes in a bed isn’t such a bad idea- especially in summer.
Backyard camping and sleeping at the open during summer is a great idea. The grass will give you the desirable cooling effect and the night breeze is simply irresistible.
Dozing off will come quickly…just make sure your sleeping surrounding is bug free!
And if you have other tips and tricks how to survive hot summer nights without any air conditioner, feel free to share them in the comment part.
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