It's HOT, HOT, HOT! My number one goal? Making sure I stay cool and beat the heat during these super intense summer nights. I must admit: it's not the easiest feat, but you've gotta tackle it if you're gonna survive!
WEAR DAMP SOCKS TO SLEEP
Another way to send those pesky sweat beads out the door! Wearing damp socks to bed is a great way to cool down your body and avoid sweating out like crazy.
LISTEN TO THE EGYPTIANS
Ancient Egyptians had genius ways of staying cool at night. Soak yourself in a damp towel (or sheet) that's just big enough to cover your body--use this as your blanket to get to sleep! Just be sure the towel isn't sopping wet - you want it damp and refreshing, not gross and sticky.
PRAISE COOLING PILLOWS!
If you have the funds, buying a cooling pillow might be worth the price! There's also smaller pieces you can get to stick into your pillow that helps keep the pillow chilled. Beautiful inventions!
POINT THE FAN AWAY, NOT TOWARDS YOU
It may seem weird, but it's true and the trick works. When you have the window open, point the fan out the window - not towards you. This helps filter the hot air out of your apartment/home and away from you! I recommend doing this in the later evening/night so you're not letting more hot air in than is necessary.
SHUT IT DOWN
It may be nearly impossible for you, as it is for me, but turning off all electronics can greatly decrease the temperature of your apartment or home. The heavy electronics can make up a massive amount of the heat in your space. This is including the washer and especially the dryer. Ooh, girl! The heat that comes from that machine!
Shutting these down at the end of the day when you're ready to wind down is super helpful - even if this simply means turning off the computer and any other electronics while you watch a bit of TV. *Note if you are using a laptop and placing it on your lap, that's going to make you automatically hotter as the heat spreads beneath.
CLOSE UP SHOP
During the morning/day, make sure you keep all blinds closed (heavy curtains or shades help) and all windows CLOSED. Yes, closed. You're willingly inviting hot air into your space if you open your windows during the peak of the hot day. Don't open the windows and doors until after 6 p.m. at the earliest.
OPT IN FOR SPICY
It might sound contradictory, but eating spicy foods helps you sweat, which in turn brings down your body heat and cools you off. Thai food, anyone?
Or, if you'd rather stick to cold: try these homemade coconut popsicles from The Unlikely Baker.
The last resort for me is to place the fan blowing towards me and splash my face lightly with cold water - this feels SO. GOOD. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself!
MY BEST FRIEND IS A BAG OF PEAS
No lie: in super hot summer days, a bag of frozen peas becomes my best friend! There's nothing better than a bag of veggies that hasn't been used in ages and is stuck at the bottom of your freezer. Wrap it in a thin hand towel and let it rest anywhere you'd like!
What are your tips and tricks for beating the heat? Share them in the comments!