Beating The Heat At Night: Tips On How Nairobians Can Survive Scorching Heat

As temperatures soar during the hot season in Kenya, many individuals struggle to find relief, especially when trying to sleep at night.

With the scorching heat making it uncomfortable to rest, people are seeking ways to beat the heat and get a good night’s sleep. Here are some tips and tricks to stay cool during the warm nights:

  1. Invest in Cooling Bedding: Switching to lightweight, breathable bedding made from materials such as cotton or bamboo can help promote airflow and prevent overheating while you sleep. Additionally, using moisture-wicking sheets can help keep sweat at bay, ensuring a more comfortable night’s sleep.
  2. Use Fans Strategically: Positioning fans strategically in your bedroom can help circulate air and create a cooling breeze. Placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan can also help lower the temperature in the room, providing instant relief from the heat.
  3. Keep Windows and Doors Open: If it’s safe to do so, keeping windows and doors open during the night can help facilitate cross ventilation, allowing cool air to enter and hot air to escape. Using window screens can also help keep insects out while still allowing fresh air to flow through.
  4. Take a Cool Shower Before Bed: A quick, cool shower before bedtime can help lower your body temperature and wash away sweat, making it easier to fall asleep comfortably. Alternatively, dampening a towel with cold water and placing it on your body can have a similar cooling effect.
  5. Avoid Heat-Producing Activities: Refrain from engaging in activities that generate heat, such as cooking on a stove or using electronic devices, before bedtime. These activities can raise the temperature in your home and make it more difficult to cool down.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and help regulate your body temperature. Avoid consuming caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime, as they can dehydrate your body and disrupt your sleep patterns.
  7. Optimize Your Sleep Environment: Create a comfortable sleep environment by keeping your bedroom dark, quiet, and clutter-free. Using blackout curtains to block out sunlight can help keep your room cooler during the day, making it easier to sleep comfortably at night.

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