Summertime is back again which means the heat is back. If you want to know how to beat the heat, here are a few ways how to survive the summer days:
Wear Loose, Lightweight Clothes
If you’ve ever heard the phrase “Wear dark colors in the winter and warm colors in the summer” That is actually true! The light colors will draw out any excess body heat. Wearing thin clothes such as linen and cotton will help by being breathable. Light doesn’t necessarily mean white, either. It can be any warm color of your choice, or pastel colors such as light blue or cream yellow. There are websites online that provide clothing with SPF such as Coolibar, L.L. Bean, and Sun Precautions.
Drink water to reduce your chance of dehydration. If you are one of those people who enjoys a nice summertime beer or cocktail, you can make the sacrifice to go without it for one hot day due to the fact that alcohol will only dehydrate you more. If you’ve been at rest all day, drink one cup of cold water at least every 20 minutes. If you were participated in light activity, drink cold water. If you participated in moderate to heavy exercise, drink room temperature to lightly chilled water to prevent muscle spasms, but still get the hydration needed.
There are plenty of alternatives to alcohol and caffeine and there are plenty of ways to make your water better. Grocery stores sell water enhancers such as MiO, Dasani Drops, and True Citrus in flavors such as lemonade, Black Cherry, Blueberry Lemonade, and more. Fruits, vegetables, and some herbs are also a good natural enhancement. Some combinations are:
- Strawberries and Lemons
- Strawberries and Blueberries
- Lemons and Cucumber Slices
- Strawberry and Mint
- Blackberries and Lemons
- Mint and Strawberries
Experiment! There is no such thing as a bad fruit combination!
There may be a lot to do outside, but if the sun’s beating down, it’s best to be indoors resting. Taking a day to rest will significantly decrease the chance of sunburn, sun poisoning, dehydration, heat exhaustion/heastroke, and getting skin cancer.
If you are able to, go in the water and relax, or do something in the water such as light hydrotherapy or aerobics to loosen any joints or help get acclimated to joint replacements. If you are either unable to swim, or have no access to a pool, simply fill a bucket of cool or cold water and dip your feet in the bucket. Another way to provide a cooling source is by filling up a squirt bottle to mist yourself off with.
If You Need to be Outside, Wear Sunscreen
If you absolutely need to go outside and do something, wear sun tan lotion of an spf 50 or higher. Sun tan lotion can be sold in Grocery Stores, Drugstores, or the local makeup store such as Ulta or Sephora. There is also makeup with SPF benefits of at least 15. Maybelline sells a BB Cream with SPF15 in it. Burt’s Bees makes a firming lotion with SPF30.
Studies show that people sleep better in cooler environments that warm: Here’s how to do so:
As stated above, cotton is a breathable, lightweight material. Any kind of cotton will do, but the best kind is Egyptian Cotton.
Wear loose/less pajamas
Also stated above, the loose material is good to sleep at night because it doesn’t retain heat. A nightie or an oversized t-shirt is the way to go. As always, there is a controversy of people sleeping with no pajamas on. Obviously the alternative to oversized clothes is no clothes. But there are people out there that are saying that no clothes is no way to sleep because there’s no place for the sweat to go.
If you usually sleep with another person, sorry, but it is often better to sleep alone. Sleeping alone will reduce body heat, and lead to less of a sweaty slumber. If you absolutely can’t bear to be apart from your significant other, you can just sleep on opposite sides of the bed.
After a day of hard work, or outdoor time, a cold shower will help reduce core temperature before you go to bed. If you can’t handle a cold shower, a cool shower, or whatever temperature you prefer would be the way to go.
Much like the “fill a sock with rice and microwave it” trick, you can fill a sock with rice and freeze it for a cool compress. It only needs to go in for about 1 hour. You can get around 30 minutes of cooling comfort, which is the average time a person falls asleep.
If you have access to an air conditioner, take advantage of it! Most modern air conditioners have noise settings where you can turn the air conditioner on and off after a certain period of time, and there is a setting where ou can control how much the AC blows. Set it to “low” to get the quietest setting.
If you don’t believe in air conditioners, or can’t afford one. One DIY cooling hack is to face a box fan out the window to get the hot air out and set your ceiling fan to the counter-clockwise setting to get the maximum cooling ability.