So here it goes – I don’t have an air conditioner. I live in NYC, it is creeping on August and I don’t have an air conditioner… and I haven’t for going on 5 years. It all started when I moved into a studio apartment in a turn of the century brownstone building in Park Slope. Although cute as a button (I called it my jewel box) there was a clause written into my lease that explicitly forbade cooling systems due to a fire hazard. So I bought three fans and set up an isosceles triangle wind oasis in my 450 square foot space and slept on the top of my comforter in a snow angle like position.
Sticky, slumber was found in a feverish state. Now I live in an apartment with ceilings capping at 11 feet, but I have an irrational fear of an electric bill rivaling my rent. And full disclosure- I have come to wear this appliance free fact as an odd point of pride. I will hang this reasoning on the true blue Jew in me, save a couple of dollars – and suffer?…Bring It! There are a few things that have gotten me through the years. Although most everyone has an air conditioner, you never know when you will find yourself in a power outage, or corralled with your 2 sisters in a cabin at a Club Med devoid of this luxurious appliance (story for another time)
So here it goes, this is what I have learned about beating the heat:
1. Sleep on a cotton sheet only
On top of the comforter, you will find that the cherished warmth of the down that allows sweet relief in the winter will cook you from below.
2. Take an ice cold shower before laying down for bed
This is pretty clutch to the whole situation and will make a world of difference. Do it.
3. Fans Fans Fans
Place one of your fans at the foot of the bed and one oscillating model to the side of the body (If the power is out – abort this part;)
4. Have a wash cloth bathed in ice water in arms reach
The different angles are great for cooling the body
5. Sleep in the nude, and if this is not a possibility wear all cotton
Make sure your gear is relatively close fitting – this might seem counter intuitive but trust me…your loose nightie will end up twisting and sticking to your skin in a unpleasant way
Here are my suggestions for your steam heat bedtime:
get it, got it, good: