Kim GregoryComment

8 ways to... stay cool

Kim GregoryComment
8 ways to... stay cool
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Keep hydrated

Whether you’re sunbathing, swimming or exploring, keep plenty of fluids with you and drink frequently. 

 

Blast cold water to the wrists

Your wrists contain pulse points where your blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin. Rinsing them with cold water will cool your blood and body temperature quickly.

 

Eat spicy food 

You may be tempted to cool down with an icy drink, but as your internal temperature cools, your body produces more heat to warm up, leaving you even hotter. Eating spicy food makes you sweat, which cools you down more quickly.

  

Take a tepid shower

Although it’s tempting to have a freezing-cold shower, a tepid shower is more effective, as your body temperature doesn’t get so cold that it starts producing more heat.

 

Use cotton sheets 

Getting to sleep can be difficult in the heat. Choose lightweight cotton sheets, as these are best for keeping you cool.

 

Refrigerate your sheets before bed

Place bed sheets in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge or freezer before bed, the cool sheets will soothe you while you’re sleeping.

 

Keep blinds and curtains closed

This will avoid your room warming up during the day, causing heat to be trapped indoors — you’ll be thankful for it when you return to a pleasantly cool home.

 

Hang a wet sheet by the window

Hanging a sheet soaked in cold water in front of the window will create a cooling breeze.