10 Ways To Beat Hot Summer Nights

10. Unplug at night.

Disconnect electronics. Gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when turned off. Reduce total heat in the house (and save energy!) by keeping plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use.

9. Rice and buckwheat aren’t just for eating.

Cotton and down pillows will keep you hot, instead stock up on buckwheat pillows which absorb heat better. And for a cold compress on really hot nights, fill a sock with rice, tie it off, and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so. The compress will stay chilly for up to 30 minutes.

8. Get low.

Heat rises so staying closer to the ground will keep you cool. Pull your mattress onto the floor or bring it downstairs in a multi-level home.

7. Stay hydrated.

Drink a glass of water before bed, 8 ounces will do the trick. Sweating at night can result in dehydration so stay a step ahead.

6. Chill your pulse.

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.

5. Cool off.

Take a cold shower before bed.

4. Wind blown.

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.

3. Freezer burn.

Stick sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bed. Putting your sheets in a plastic bag is recommended. 

2. Only cotton.

Cotton breathes, promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom. Cotton pj's and sheets will keep you cooler then satin, silk, or polyester.

1. Get Creative. 

Make your own air conditioner by placing a shallow pan or bowl full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.

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