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Keep Cool through These Hot Summer Nights

February 26, 2014

February is always one of the hottest months, especially down here in the Cape. Which is great for anybody who wants to go to  the beach or work on that gorgeous tan down at Clifton. Except the heat really isn’t cool when it comes to trying to sleep at night. Trying to sleep through a 30 degree night is not fun at all.

So how do we suggest you stay cool through a hot summers night?

First here is a picture of some ice blocks: Imagine them down your back. Feeling cooler yet?

Of course, the simplest solution is to just buy an air conditioner and enjoy blissful sleep throughout the night. But there are other more cost effective, simple and eco friendly solutions out there.   

So if an air con is out of the question, how about a fan? Forget just using the fan to move already warm air around the room. Use it to channel air through the room or better yet, if you room is warmer than the outside then use your fan to move warm air out of the room. Remember that hot air rises, so if you are going to try and move warm air out of the room, try and get the fan as high as possible, or if you are trying to move cold air around, place the fan as low to the ground as you can.

Feeling warm again? Take a look at this beautiful field of sea ice. Imagine running through it.

But the benefits of a fan don’t just stop there! Place a bucket of ice in front of your fan to create a refreshingly cool breeze. Or take it a step further and dip a towel in water, wrap ice blocks in sections, or freeze it if you can, and hang the towel between two chairs in front of the fan to create a cooling breeze that will last longer than a bucket of ice. Just make sure that you place a bucket or something underneath the towel to catch any water.

Not a fan of fans? Place a wet sheet in front of the window to cool down your room or  you could always try and cool your bed before you climb into it. Stick the hot water bottle in the freezer for a while to create an ice cold bed cooler. Or you could try to use a plant mister to cool the air, or sleep in damp clothing or with a damp sheet over you. However, some people find this rather uncomfortable. If you are not a fan of damp clothes, try to ensure that you sleep in something that is breathable such as a loose cotton shirt or underwear. Avoid polyester or silk. Of course you could always sleep in the nude! What ever you do, avoid wearing socks as you lose heat quickly through your extremities.

Before you go to bed you can try and drop your body temperature slightly by taking a cold shower, using a cold compress on your wrists, neck, ankles, elbows, and behind the knees. Or you can dip your feet in some water to cool them down.  In this heat it is easy to get dehydrated, so make sure that you get plenty to drink throughout the day and have a bottle of water next to the bed.

And if that doesn’t help look at this guy swimming in freezing waters:



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