Posted by terrepruitt on July 21, 2015
It has been really hot here. Now, if you want to comment and tell me how hot it has been in your area, cool. In our area, the older homes don’t have air conditioning. We really don’t need them. Not really. I mean when it is hot here is usually cools down at night. With fans and open windows most people can get the house cooled down. But there are usually a few times a year when the night does not cool down. If the temperatures don’t drop at night then we don’t have our natural air conditioner and then it makes the next day really hot. And sometimes it is very hot, too hot to sleep. Well, I wrote a post a couple of years ago in July on how I was able to cool down enough to sleep. Although that method works GREAT for me, I won’t do it. Right now when we are all trying to take super short showers, I am not going to use that method. It involves taking a quick rinse to let the cool water cool me off, then not drying off. That is more water than I want to use. But, that is not to say I am not using water to cool me off. But the water I am using in my current cooling off method is a lot less. I am using ice. I put a handful of ice in a sandwich sized zip lock and put it at the end of the bed. Ahhhh.
So, I put the bag of ice on a towel at the end of the bed. Often times the bag is actually too cold to rest my feet directly on it so I use a portion of the towel to separate my feet from the bag. It really cools me off. If you have read a few of my posts you will know how precious I think sleep it. I love my sleep. I think it is very important. I don’t like missing out on sleep because it is too hot.
Sometimes you might even be able to FALL asleep, but then wake up because it is too hot. Well, with that bag of ice there you can just wiggle your feet around onto the coolness and go right back to sleep. Even as the ice melts it is usually cooler than the hot air.
Just like hot water bottles, I bet there is something out there being sold that would be like a baggie full of ice. I know they have Chillows, which are ice packs you put on your pillows. In fact, you can even use an ice pack for your feet, right? I don’t want to because I prefer not to put my feet on ice packs I will be using in my coolers. Even though my feet are clean, I don’t want to do that. I could have a designated “foot” ice pack, but, the baggie is easier.
Then after the ice has melted, I use it to water my plants. So that is my current method for keeping cool, how about you? What do you do to keep yourself cool? How do you help yourself stay cool enough to sleep?