How to Keep Cool in the Heat

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

With extreme heat across the United States, knowing how to keep cool in the heat can help you avoid health problems like heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Here are some tips for keeping your cool this summer:

The most important thing is to stay out of the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm. If you must be outside, seek shade and wear a hat and sunscreen. It's also a good idea to plan outdoor activities earlier in the day or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler.

Drink plenty of water. Your body needs it to maintain homeostasis (or a stable temperature) and to keep your muscles and skin well-hydrated. Avoid alcohol, as it causes dehydration and can make you feel hotter.

If you have a fan, use it to blow cool air over your skin and clothes. This will help you feel cooler and more comfortable, and may even encourage your body to sweat more – another natural way of cooling the body down.

Putting a wet towel on your forehead or neck can also help cool you down. If you have a spray bottle, spritzing yourself intermittently with cool water can also help you feel more comfortable. If you're able to sleep on cotton sheets, that can help too – cotton is a breathable and temperature-controlling fabric. It's also a good idea, if possible, to have access to an air-conditioned room during the day and at night when temperatures drop.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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