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As we head for the hot Summertime, it can be extra hard to stay cool during those muggy days and nights.  Sleeping becomes more difficult with the rising temperatures, and often just being indoors can be too hot to handle! So what is the best solution?

If you have an air conditioner or fan, obviously these can really help to cool your home, but you may need to get more creative if those items alone don’t cut it! Luckily, we have gathered some easy, innovative ways to keep cool during this beautiful season and they might just help you enjoy the Summer a little bit more:

Keeping Yourself Cool

  • Run your wrists under cold water for 5-10 seconds as a time. This will help cool your blood and internal temperatures and can help you regulate yourself to the heat.
  • Take a cool or tepid shower right before bed, as it can cool your body temperature down before you drift off to sleep. Make sure to keep the water from being too cold as sometimes our bodies will warm up more in response to cold water.
  • Wear light and breathable clothing; the second, the weather starts to heat up. Not only will this keep your body temperature down, but it’s also a great idea when you’re going outside as the light colors will reflect the sunshine and keep you cool!

Keeping Your Home Cool

  • Keep the curtains and blinds closed while the sun is shining bright outside. This will help keep the temperature in the home lower and block out extra heat that might creep in. When the night falls, and the outside air starts to cool, you can reopen all your windows and doors to let the new, fresh cold air in. This will really help achieve cooler sleeping at night as well.
  • Sleep with light or no bedding on the bed. You want to really pair down what linen you sleep on and with during the summer as it can cause restlessness and sleepless nights. Try sleeping with just a single sheet if the temperatures are sweltering, this will allow your skin to breathe. For an extra hot night, store your pillowcase or sheet in the fridge for a few hours before bed, for a night of extra cold sleep!
  • Take advantage of natural light as long as you can and do your best to keep your indoor lights off. The light bulbs give off a decent amount of heat that may be adding to your hot days and nights in your home. Once it starts to get dark outside, try to run on limited lights to keep your home and yourself cooler.
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