10 Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer & Sleep Better

1. DIY AC Time

No AC, no problem! All you need is a regular fan, a bowl and some ice. Firstly, place the ice in the bowl. Secondly, place the bowl in front of your fan. Finally, turn on the fan – voila! The ice is melting and the fan is picking up the evaporating cold air and sending it around the room. Just remember to stack up on ice and refill the bowl. AC who?

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18. (Mentally) Escape the heat

Do you like Christmas movies? They might help you cool off. Watching winter-themed movies or reading winter-themed books evokes our memories of the cold, ice and snow. This tricks our mind into cooling us down. Dig up old family photos and reminisce about the good old days when you were freezing.

History of the Tan

According to fashion historians the suntan became a fad due to fashion designer Coco Chanel. In the 1920's she returned from a sailing trip in the Riviera and was sporting an "accidental" tan.

She was a golden brown color and others wanted the achieve the same glow.

Previous to this celebrity incident tanning for centuries was considered unattractive and was only achieved by members of the lower working class.

Fresh air: use your fans wisely

There’s no doubt a fan can help, but there is an art to this. “The first thing is to try to draw the cool air into your room,” Havenith says. At night, if the air outside is cooler, but there’s no inward breeze, he recommends putting a fan in front of the window to pull it in. “Otherwise, have a fan moving around slightly.” This circulates air, which helps your body cool down. If you really mean business, put on wet clothes and stand in front of the fan.

Symptoms of a Heat Stroke

  • Dry skin with no evidence of sweating
  • Confusion, seizures, fainting
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • High body Temperature (106* or higher)
  • Jumping into a cold pool while someone is having a heat stroke is NOT a good idea. This action could cause a seizure. The body should be cooled down slowly. Use wet cloths, a spray mister and/or fans.

Hot topic: talk about something else!

There comes a point, after a month of almost relentless drought, when an entire nation dressed in vests and sunglasses can start presuming that certain facts are widely known. Namely: a) that the weather is hot, b) that it is arguably too hot “for me”, c) that weather experts believe that it will get hotter soon, or perhaps cool down. There is no need to say all this again.

Conversations still need to be started somehow, though. So, the next time you encounter someone in a lift, in the office kitchen or wherever, try starting with: “Ah, I see we’ve got a waxing gibbous moon tonight.” Or, if that’s too bland, try: “Do you think people should be allowed to murder seagulls?”

This article was amended on 25 July 2018 to augment the information about caring for babies in hot weather.

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