Unless you are a beach baby or love to flaunt your hot bod, summers are not welcome by all. The scorching sun is not what our body loves to be exposed to - sunburn and unwanted tanning is obviously a no-no. In addition, bound inside our homes or offices during daytime and stepping out only in the evenings is not as much fun. Someone, please inform the sun that sweating it out in the gym is sexy but outside the gym is a complete turn-off.
Nights are equally dreadful with that heat trapped in our bedrooms and body not letting us rest peacefully. Air conditioning has its own disadvantages, especially when it comes to the electricity expenses. Fortunately, there are many ways we can enjoy a restful night in summers without depending on the air-conditioning.
Check out these summer hacks that will help you through the hot summer months without compromising on your sleep.
Swap those dark satin bed sheets with light-weight cotton bed sheets, preferably in white or light shades. They are breathable and aid in promoting ventilation.
Place that table fan across an open window in your room and place your bed between the two. This will help in a cooling cross breeze or ventilation and keep your room cool.
Fluffy pillows tend to trap heat. And if you don't know yet, your head is the hottest part of the body and with trapped heat, it is sure to give you an uncomfortable time in bed. Swap those fluffy things with small and firm cushions; buckwheat filled cushions are the best as they don't absorb heat like cotton.
Damp your hair a little bit (but don't go to bed with dripping, wet hair) before hitting the bed to let some extra moisture cool you down. A cold shower at bedtime is an ideal solution for a cool and calm body.
Eat light and small meals before going to bed to avoid putting extra pressure on the metabolic system. The lesser the activity inside your body, the cooler you will be.
The Egyptian method involved dampening a towel or a sheet and using it as a blanket while sleeping. It is strongly recommended to place the wet sheet over a dry towel to avoid soaking your mattress.
Dunk your feet in cold water for a while before calling it off a day. This will ensure your pulse points in the feet remain cool and body temperature down.
Gel mattresses have thermo-regulating properties which provide both comfort and aeration. Replace your regular mattress with a gel one for a peaceful night.
If that fancies you and if you have one, then sleep in a hammock during summers to let the air get to you from all the sides.
Try this DIY, natural air conditioning method to enjoy a cool breeze while you doze off. Hang a wet towel or drape on the open window and let the breeze do the rest.
Another simple and efficient way to bring down the temperature in your room is by placing a bowl of ice in front of the table fan. As the air from the fan hits the ice, a cool breeze will fill the room and let you sleep like a baby.
It is always advisable to wear loose, cotton clothes to bed; especially in summers. Just so that you know, sleeping naked has its own benefits if you are not in that league of naked sleepers already.
Not many are aware of the fact that your ceiling fans should be reset as per the season. In summers, they should be set to counter-clockwise to create a wind-chill breeze effect.
Invest in a hot water bottle and use it for a contradictory purpose. Fill it with some ice and keep it in the freezer. Now place it next to you while sleeping for a soothing and cool night.
Going by the scientific explanation, warm air rises and cold air tends to stay quiet. So sleep on the floor or a little bed for a cooler experience. If you live in a multi-storied house or apartment, sleeping on the ground floor is advisable.
Just a piece of information for all the night owls who love to spend some time on their smartphones or iPad when in bed, plugged in gadgets and small electronics emit heat even when turned off.
It is highly recommended to turn off all electronic appliances and pull out the plugs of the sockets when not needed. It will not only save on your electricity cost and energy but will also ensure there is no extra heat travelling around in the house.
Sleeping on a bamboo or straw mat may sound a little uncomfortable but it is definitely a cooler alternative to those bulky mattresses.
Try these summer hacks at your home and share these cool tips and tricks with your friends as well.
That's all, folks!