Tips: How to stay cool at night during hot Portland weather

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - You made it through the hot afternoon, but now comes the very warm evening.

If you have air conditioning, you’re probably cranking it right now, but there are a lot of people who don’t have that option.

So, we set out to find some tips and tricks for staying cool at night without A/C. We took to Facebook and Twitter to ask for your advice, and also checked in with the FOX 12 newsroom for tips.

We skipped over the obvious ones, like closing your windows and blinds during the heat of the day and opening them at night.

Here’s what else we came up with:

  • Take a cold shower before bed to lower your body temperature
  • Choose cotton sheets, because it’s a breathable fabric that won’t trap the heat
  • Put a bowl filled with ice in front of your fan to circulate cooler air
  • Sleep on the ground floor or in the basement, since heat rises to upper floors
  • Soak pillowcases and sheets in water and put them in the freezer
  • Tuck ice packs in at the foot of your bed

We ran these ideas by Dr. Enrique Morayta, an urgent care doctor at The Portland Clinic-Tigard. He told us he agrees with the effectiveness of the first four and also recommends people eat and drink cooler foods and beverages on these hot days.

Avoiding direct exposure to the sunlight is also a good idea, he says.

The effectiveness of our last two tips may be subjective. But in this heat, it doesn’t hurt to try.

If you have a larger budget, you can also buy more expensive things like specialized cooling mattress tops and pillows, which will run you roughly $150 to $500.

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