Tips and Tricks to cool down during the Dog Days of Summer (pant, pant...)

So, even though summer arrived over a month ago, we are just starting to get that hot hot weather. Combine that heat with humidty, and it is almost impossible to find comfort, especially at night. The obvious choice for blissful sleeps in this weather is air conditioning. But, if your home doesn't have A/C, then here a few tips for "chilling"

  1. Bedding should be made out of cotton, a breathable fabric, that will dry fast. Save the polyesters, and satins for another season.
  2. Pop the sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bed. I recommend putting them in a plastic bag first, unless you like the aroma of stale pizza pops on your bedding. This trick won't keep you cool for a long time, but it sure has "ahhhh factor"
  3. Pull out that old hot water bottle, fill with water, and stick it in your freezer for a bed friendly ice pack.
  4. Don't have your fans blowing hot air around. Position the fan to blow the hot air OUT the window. A window open on the other side of the room, or in another room causes a cross breeze that is cooling. If your bedroom is upstairs, with the fan blowing out it creates kind of a vacuum. If you open a window on the floor below , you can actually feel the air moving up the stairs.
  5. Sleep in loose pj's, like a soft cotton shirt and shorts. Some people like to sleep "au natural", but others say the sweat stays on the body, instead of being wicked away by the cotton. You be the judge.
  6. DIY old time air conditioner. Take a shallow pan or bowl, (a roasting pan works nicely) and fill it up with ice. Position a fan directly behind it. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice's surface as it melts, creating a cool mist.
  7. To cool down stat! Apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at wrist, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees. There are neck coolers that flea markets sell, full of a gelatin. Immerse in chilled water, wring out, then tie around your neck. Or fill a large sock with rice, seal with a rubber band, and stick in the freezer for an hour or so. It will stay cool for about 30 minutes.
  8. Well, you  probably won't like this one, but sleeping alone is way cooler than spooning your partner. You can hog the bed. Snoozing in the spread eagle position is best for reducing body heat, as nothing is touching each other. Also, as a part of the bed heats up from your body heat, there is still room to find a new spot that will be cool and dry.
  9. Stick to cool meals like salads, etc, or turn the outdoor grill on. Turning on your stove and oven creates extra heat in the home. Smaller lighter meals are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after you chow down a steak than fruits and veggies, and light fare.
  10. Cool off. A cold shower takes on a brand new meaning in the summer. Rinsing off under a stream of tepid water brings down the core body temperature, and rinses off any sweat so you can hit the hay feeling cool, clean, and comfortable.
  11. "Get down, get down, ....." Is that a song? Hot air rises, so set up your bed, or a hammock (great idea to circulate air all around you) or cot as close to the ground as possible. If your home is a one storey, this may mean pulling the mattress off the bed onto the floor. In 2 storeys, it will mean moving to the main floor or basement to find the cool.
  12. Turn off the lights. Pretty explanatory. Light bulbs give off heat. Even the CFL's. Take advantage of the natural light as much as possible, the summer nights are longer.
  13. Encourage cold feet! Those little piggies are pretty sensitive to temperature because there are many pulse points in the feet and ankles. Cool down the whole body by dunking your feet in cool/cold water before bed. And stick that bucket of water beside your bed to dunk your feet into during the night. Another great idea is fill a spray bottle full of cool water, and mist the feet during the night. As the water evaporates, it cools the skin.

I hope this helps you find your "cool" Just remember, our grandparents probably knew all these tricks.

Thanks to
Sophiea Breene from for the ideas.