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How To Survive The Hot Summer Nights (Without Ac)

Learn the best tricks to sleep in the heat of the real dog days of summer..

The intense heat and humidity of hot summery days make it impossible to sit comfortably, it also makes the nights a hot sticky battle for sleep. The only solution we know to get a cool, calm sleep mode is an air conditioner, which can maintain the optimum sleep temperature and provide a perfect environment to doze off. But these gizmos use tons of energy and add to monthly electricity bills. So what a budget-conscious echo sleeper like you and me can do to get a cool sleep? 

It seems impossible to live without Acs through a hot summer but, our grandparents did it all the time! But how?....... It seems, they learned a few things some tried and true DIY strategies for staying cool on hot nights.

Read on to know top tips and amazing ideas you’ll be able to sleep soundly without the need for ACs. No need to spend a fortune for buying any expensive gadgets just a few good old fashioned hacks to sort you out.

1. Prefer cotton
Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.

2. Get loose 
Less is definitely more when it comes to summertime jammies. Pick a loose, soft cotton shirt and shorts or underwear. Going full nudie during a heat wave is (unsurprisingly) controversial. Some people believe it helps keep them cool, while others claim going au natural means sweat stays on the body instead of being wicked away by fabric. We’re going to chalk this one up to personal preference.

3. Sleep like an Egyptian 
If there seem to be a lot of Egyptian references in this list, it’s because those Nile-dwellers knew how to do it right. The so-called “Egyptian method” involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. We recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress.

4. Be creative
If you thought fans are just for blowing hot air around, think again! Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room.

5. Create a cross-breeze 
In this case, hanging out in the cross-hairs is a good idea. Position a fan across from a window, so the wind from outside and the fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze. Feeling fancy? Go buck-wild and set up multiple fans throughout the room to make the airflow even more boisterous.

6. Old is gold.
An excellent and affordable method can be found by using three things we already have in our house: a fan, large mixing bowl, and ice. While not the sleekest or most efficient, setting a large bowl of ice in front of a fan caused our AC to run roughly half as much in the oppressive heat.

I arranged my fan and bowl of ice in what I found to work most effectively. By tilting the bowl and allowing the breeze from the fan to blow onto the ice cubes copious cool air was blow out into my kitchen and breakfast nook. The metal bowl I used also cooled and the air blowing around the bowl, causing the metal to function as a crude heat sink. Other frozen or chilled items would likely work, I choose ice due to the fact that the cool water left behind continued to cool the room at a reduced rate once the cubes melted.

Give it a try and see if you receive the same results.

7. Feel the freezer 
Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend placing them in a plastic bag first (unless eu de frozen pizza is your fave aromatherapy scent). Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.

8. Pamper your pulses
Need to cool down, stat? To chill out super-fast, apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees.

9. Be a lone wolf.
Sorry lovebugs, but sleeping alone is way better than spooning for staying cool. Cuddling with a partner increases body heat, making the bed a sticky, sweaty pit of despair instead of a cool, calm oasis.

10. Hog the bed
Sleeping alone has its perks, including plenty of space to stretch out. Snoozing in spread eagle position (i.e. with arms and legs not touching each other) is best for reducing body heat and letting air circulate around the body. Hit the hay in this sleep position to keep limbs from getting crazy sweaty.

11. Stay away from the stove
Summer is not the time to whip up a piping hot casserole or roast chicken. Instead, chow down on cool, room-temperature dishes (salads are clutch) to avoid generating any more heat in the house. If hot food is in order, fire up the grill instead of turning on the oven.

And swap big meals for smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. Ever notice how you feel hot after a big meal? It's not just because the food was served warm. Big, protein-laden meals force your body to stoke its metabolic fires. The body produces more heat after you chow down on a huge steak than a platter of fruits, veggies, and legumes. The solution is to break up your eating into smaller, more frequent meals. Don't eat; Graze you'll feel cooler — and it's better for you, anyway.

What’s your favorite method for staying cool on hot summer nights? Share with us in the comments below

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