I am reposting this old post for those going through the hottest season in history right now. Eastern Canada and USA are getting history breaking temperatures of 60 celsius, which is 140 degrees fahrenheit, enough to make the asphalt roads buckle and to melt shoes to the asphalt, and warping railroad lines, causing train problems and accidents. God bless you all that have to deal with it. That heat is not in my area yet.
BEAT THE HEAT!!
Hello Dear Friends and Family!
This might be a good post for you to bookmark for when the weather gets unbearably hot this summer.
How To Beat the Heat
1. Wet a washcloth with cold water and put it on the back of your neck.
2. Keep a few wet washcloths or towels in the fridge, so you can swap them out when they warm up!
3. Place wet towel on the back of your neck.
4. Use a spray bottle from any cheap or dollar store to mist or spray yourself at home or where ever you go! Or Spray behind your knees, on your feet, and anywhere that's sweaty. The warm water keeps you from being shocked when you spray. Now, go get in front of a fan!
5. Run wrists under cold water. Use a piece of ice wrapped in a face cloth, to continue after the coolness wears off. Constantly cooling off the wrists will also cool off the body. Never use just ice, make sure it is wrapped in a towel or something similar. Studies show that this will reduce your core body temperature by as much as 1.5 ºC.
The relief is almost immediate, and will last for up to one hour!6. Turn off the stove and other sources of heat.
7. Partly fill a plastic bottle with water and freeze it. Put it in front of a fan; it'll give the same effect as cold water, but is less likely to spill.
8. Lightly mist a top sheet, and place it in a plastic bag in the freezer. Pull it out just before you're ready to sleep. It'll keep you cool enough to fall asleep.
9. Keep the sun out. Be sure to keep the window shades drawn from around 11:00 am until at least 2:00 pm. The sun shining into the house during this period can leave the temperature much warmer in the afternoon and evening than it needs to be.
10. Sleep alone. I know, it sounds a little lonely but it’ll be much cooler than that abundance of body heat that comes with a spouse, a child, a dog or even the family cat sharing the bed with you. If you can’t sleep alone, sleep with some space between you.
11. Wear cotton. Cotton takes perspiration away from the skin leaving you drier and more comfortable. Go for light coloured cotton clothes, cotton nightwear and bedding. Cotton sheets will not only absorb night sweats, but will also permit your skin to breath, allowing you to be more comfortable and less restless. Better sleep means more energy and better mobility.
12. Cool showers and baths. During the summer, there’s nothing more satisfying than a cool bath or shower. When I can’t sleep at night because of the heat, I fill a pan with cold water and soak my feet – it really helps to lower the body temperature!
13. Keep exercise moderate. Exercise is important but it’s tempting to skip it when it’s hot. Do exercise but keep it moderate. Don’t push yourself too hard and be sure to take a cool shower afterwards to bring your body temperature back down.
14. A spray bottle with water and a few drops of peppermint oil, shaken, can lower your skin temperature up to 5 degrees. Don't spray this on your face, the peppermint oil could get in your eyes. If you want it on your face, spray into your hand, then rub on your face.
15. Try swimming. If possible, choose swimming as your exercise during the summer. Swimming works all the major muscle groups while helping to maintain a lower body temperature. It also helps with balance and mobility.
16. Seek shade. When you’re going to be outside, always sit in the shade. Even better, sit in the shade where there’s a breeze.
16. Wear a hat. The sun beating down on your head has a huge impact on your body temperature: always wear a hat when you’re out in the sun. Many countries now have made a law that children under 12 must wear a sunhat to school in the warmer months.
17. Fill a hot water bottle with cold water from the fridge and put it on your ankles and feet - it works!
18. Do not consume any caffeinated beverages before trying to sleep, your increased heart rate will make you hotter and more susceptible to the heat.
19. Keep a glass of ice cold water close to your bed so that in the event that you wake up hot and uncomfortable, you can easily cool off again without having to get up.
20. Try cooling clothing. A number of manufacturers now make cooling vests, hats, etc. Last summer I ordered online a cooling bandana. They have gel crystals that retain cold when wet. You run it under cold water and tie it around your neck or head. As long as it stays wet, it stays cool! – neat!
21. Go to malls or theaters or stores that have air conditioning.20. Wear a damp shirt (not wet) around the house or yard. (not suitable for public, lol)
22. Heavy meals will make your heart pump harder to digest the food, heating you up. Keep meals light.
The following is a partial list of manufacturers and suppliers of "cooling” clothing. This includes everything from gel bandanas, cooling wrist bands, sunhats with cooling forehead bands to clothes with pockets to put cold gel packs, to space age clothing with body cooling molecules. You can click on the websites to see what products they offer and the prices.
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Saturday, 10 July 2010