Tips to Keep Cool This Summer
You’re probably ready for fun in the sun, but with summer already
boiling up some hot temperatures, it can be tough to beat the heat. And
you wouldn’t want to end up with a heat related illness such as
heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Besides jumping in the pool or using your
air conditioner, here are some ways to keep cool this summer from
Cleveland Clinic and
- Wear loose fitting, light colored cotton or linen clothing.
- Drink plenty of water and choose foods with high water content, such as
fruits and vegetables.
- Choose the right mattress. A memory foam mattress made from petrochemicals
creates hot spots. Pick a mattress made from natural memory foam for a
- Hold ice to your pulse points such as your wrists, back of the neck, forehead
- Avoid large meals, since the more you eat, the more your metabolism will
- Aerate your home with box fans.
- Head down to the lower levels of your house, such as the basement, since
colder air falls.
- Go to a public place with air conditioning, such as a movie theater, mall
- Get rid of additional sources of heat such as incandescent light bulbs,
or running computers or other electronics. Avoid using your stove or oven
- Stay away from caffeine and alcohol because these are diuretics and will
- Fill a spray bottle with cold water to spritz on yourself whenever you
It’s also important to know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke
and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature
rises too quickly, causing hot skin and an altered mental state such as
confusion or even coma, according to the
National Safety Council. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses too much salt and water, resulting
in flu-like symptoms such as severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea,
vomiting and, occasionally, diarrhea. Check on the elderly, infants, athletes
and those who take sweat-altering medications often since they are most at risk.
Saint Francis Healthcare wants to remind everyone to call 911 if you notice
these symptoms in anyone around you and keep the person cool until the