#HealthBytes: Handy tricks to sleep during summer nights (without AC)
The unbearable heat during the torturous summer nights might keep you from getting your daily quota of shut-eye. On top of it, if you don't own an AC- due to budgetary, or environmental or whatever reasons- things are bound to get difficult as you try to rest. Thus, here are 9 handy tips and tricks to help you sleep during summer nights, without AC.
Go for cotton; Try the freezer trick
Opt cotton: Keep away from those satin, silk and polyester sheets during summer nights, and choose light-colored linens made of cotton as they are breathable and promote good ventilation. Freezer trick: One handy trick to get short-term respite from the night heat is to put your sheets in a plastic bag and store them in your fridge/freezer for a while, before using them.
Try the Egyptian method; Get loose
Egyptian method: The age-old 'Egyptian method' suggests dampening a sheet or towel in cold water and using it as a blanket while sleeping. Get loose: When it comes to your summertime night clothing, it is advisable to go easy and loose. Something like a soft cotton shirt, accompanied with cotton shorts could work nicely.
Use ice blocks; Sleep alone
Use ice blocks: It's an old-school solution but it always works. Take some ice blocks and place them in front of a table fan. The fan's breeze will pick up cool water from ice's surface, thus creating a cooling effect. Sleep alone: This one is a no-brainer. Sleeping with company may bring body heat. So, it's advisable to go alone into that good night.
Stay hydrated; Take cold showers; Get rid of lights
Stay hydrated: All that sweating during your sleep might leave you dehydrated. To avoid this, get a good amount of water in your system before hitting the sheets. Take cold showers: Taking a shower right before bedtime during summers will keep you cool and refreshed. Get rid of lights: Simply put, lights emit heat. So, turn them off as soon as it's evening.