- Choose 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
- Feel the freezer burn.
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.
- Get cold comfort.
Here’s a four-seasons tip for keeping utilities
charges down: Buy a hot water bottle. In
winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty
toes without cranking the thermostat. During
summer, stick it in the freezer to create a
bed-friendly ice pack.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Go old-school
Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes
that contained actual blocks of ice? Us
neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of
the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air
conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or
bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Get tech-y.
We can’t vouch for its effectiveness, but the
chillow—a high-tech pad that stays cool
through water circulation—seems like a
- 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.
- Release your inner Tarzan.
Feeling ambitious (or just really, really hot)?
Rig up a hammock or set up a simple cot.
Both types of beds are suspended on all sides,
which increases airflow.
- Fill up the tank.
Get a leg up on hydration by drinking a glass
of water before bed. Tossing and turning and
sweating at night can result in dehydration,
so get some H20 in the tank beforehand. (Pro
tip: Just eight ounces will do the trick, unless
you’re really into those 3 a.m. bathroom
- Cool off.
A cold shower takes on a whole new meaning
come summertime. Rinsing off under a
stream of tepid H20 brings down the core
body temperature and rinses off sweat (ick)
so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean.
- Get low.
Hot air rises, so set up your bed, hammock,
or cot as close to the ground as possible to
beat the heat. In a one-story home, that
means hauling the mattress down from a
sleeping loft or high bed and putting it on the
floor. If you live in a multi-floor house or
apartment, sleep on the ground floor or in
the basement instead of an upper story.
- Turn off the lights.
This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Light bulbs
(even environmentally-friendly CFLs) give off
heat. Fortunately, summer means it stays
light until eight or nine at night. Take
advantage of natural light as much as
possible, and keep rooms cool after dark by
using lights minimally or not at all (romantic
candle-lit dinner, anyone?).
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