We all know how hot and miserable the summer heat can be at times, especially in the Arizona desert. Why suffer when there are many tricks on how to stay cool in the heat? Here are some tricks that help you stay cool this summer and make the upcoming months a bit more enjoyable:
Save the silk or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton material are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom. Also, you can stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed, wrapped in a plastic bag. This trick won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a short relief from the heat.
H2O Before Bed
Drink an 8oz glass of water before bed to get some hydration. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can cause dehydration, so get H2O in beforehand. Also, a cold shower before bed brings down the core body temperature and rinses off perspiration so you can hit the sheets feeling cool and refreshed.
Avoid the Stove
Summer isn’t the best time to spend hours slaving in the kitchen over casseroles or roasted chicken. Instead, eat cool, room-temperature dishes like salads to avoid generating any unnecessary heat in the house. If hot food is an essential item of your menu, fire up the outdoor BBQ grill instead of turning on the oven. Also, replace big meals for smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after you devour a huge steak versus a plate of fruits, veggies, and legumes.
Give Your A/C Unit a Makeover
Clean or replace the filter in your room and central air conditioners about once a month during the summer. If you have central air-conditioning, have the ducts checked for leaks, which can reduce a system’s efficiency by as much as 15%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Seal any cracks between a window unit and the frame with peelable caulking or a sealant strip. These steps help ensure good airflow and keep the coils cleaner, which means more efficient and effective cooling.
Wear one of the widely available synthetic fabrics designed to fight sweat and that sticky feeling; they’re not just for athletes anymore. If you prefer cotton, make it thin, light colored, and, most of all, loose. Don’t make light of the sun’s power; always be sure to wear a hat outside to avoid sunburns (along with sunscreen). Sunburns make it harder for your body to cool down naturally and also dehydrate your – making staying cool in the heat even harder to do.
Change up Eating Habits
Avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine, or lots of sugar, which are dehydrating. Eat more hydrating foods, like smoothies, fruits and vegetables. This might come as a surprise, but start adding spicy foods to your diet because they make you sweat and in turn, helps your body cool down faster. Eating cold foods like ice cream or iced tea actually don’t do you many favors. These foods make your internal temperature cool too rapidly, and then your body ends up compensating by raising your body temperature back up, making you feel hotter. On the contrary, eating spicy foods raises your internal temperature to match the temperature outside. Your blood circulation increases, you start sweating and once the moisture has evaporated, you’ll feel cooler.
Switching up your exercise routine to include more water exercises and early morning workouts are also great for beating the heat. Swimming and water aerobics are great because they’re easy on the joints while keeping your body temperature cool. At Terravita, our pool is a popular hang out spot for residents with many of them adding in water aerobics to their daily schedules. If you’re not keen on hitting the pool going for a walk in the morning before the sun heats everything up is another great tip on how to beat the heat – and stay active.
Hopefully these tricks and routine switch-ups help make your summer more enjoyable and keeps you feeling cool and refreshed despite the sweltering heat outside.