Summer in Florida/ South Georgia is hot and sticky. When of course it's not pouring down rain.
Hot in bed and finding it hard to sleep? A
lightweight silk sheet will help. While pure silk is
expensive, it is a breathable fabric, so is worth
the price tag. But don’t worry if you can’t stretch
to silk. A light sprinkle of talc on a cotton sheet
can help soak up sweat, keeping you chilled all
through the night.
Ever noticed monkeys licking their wrists? It’s
their way of bringing down body temperature. The
same principle applies for humans — but it might be
easier just to hold your wrists under cold water for
ten seconds. This will reduce your body temperature
for at least an hour. Also blitz other hot
spots — the back of your neck, knees and feet — with
a cool, damp flannel. Keep the flannel in the
freezer and apply whenever you start to feel warm.
Eating spicy foods can actually cool you down. A hot
curry or chilli increases body perspiration, which
in turn cools the body as it evaporates.
Managed to buy an electric fan before they sold out?
But do you know where to place it for maximum
cooling? As heat rises, the coolest air is at floor
level, so put your fan on the floor and point it
upwards. To speed up this process, you could also
place a bowl of icy water on a small table in front
of the fan, so the air blows across it.
Keep body lotions, moisturizers and foot salves in
the fridge — they’ll feel refreshingly cold when
applied after a shower.
Have you left the TV on standby? A
surprising amount of heat is generated from
appliances around the house, so switch them off when
they are not in use.
Warm air rises, so if you are really hot in bed,
sleep on a mattress on the floor. Also avoid
sleeping in a loft room if you can, and instead
sleep on the lower floors.
Forget ice-cream — cool down with a bowl of yogurt
instead. It has a far higher water content — around
85 per cent — providing instant cool.
Eat smaller meals. Over-eating leads to a rise in
A daily vitamin can combat sunburn from the inside
out. Research suggests that taking a daily dose of
the antioxidants vitamin C and E can help prevent UV
light- induced inflammation and damage to the skin.
Hot and flustered at your desk? Try the Mathmos Stay
Cool USB fan. Just plug it into a desktop or lap top
and it will produce a welcome light breeze