Sleeping with a wet towel


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Seizure1990

My mom insists that sleeping with a cold, wet towel is bad for me. She said it will cause rheumatism, which I don't believe, but I've heard that you can get muscle colds from things like this. Is that true? It's stupidly hot, and I don't know what to do with myself as I'm trying to go to sleep at night.

So also, any tips on that?

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Slane

Turn the AC on.

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Hum

Turn the AC on.

Buy him an A/C :laugh:

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Yorak

This might sound ridiculous but if you cannot afford an air conditioner, buy one of those Styrofoam Coolers, fill it with ice, and place a fan behind it. Actually, it is better if you have a small fan you can wedge in the side of it, because it is better if you keep the lid on (obviously). I know somebody that did this when their air conditioner died in the middle of summer.

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Shock Doc

Folk wisdom. (it is often not true, as is in this case ;))

On the other hand, I wouldn't want to sleep with a wet towel... Isn't it uncomfortable? I would imagine it would stick like crazy? :/

As for some solutions:

How about sleeping with thin bed sheets? Cotton breathes really well. Or put a fan next to your bed? Drink more water, sweating should be able to keep your body at the correct temperature, especially when there is a breeze in the room. Avoid doing exercises before going to bed to keep your body cool? A spray bottle of water maybe? Open a window! Sleep in the tub. Take Viagra (Sildenafil citrate). Have a smoke. Shove ice up your veins. Ice enema. Sleep in the fridge. Avoid watching scary movies. Have sex. Fap. Hook your PC's water cooling system up to a water bed. Tell your girlfriend to sleep in the basement. Put your cat outside. Use adiabatic expansion to your advantage. Invent a new sort of electromagnetic radiation that cools stuff down instead of heating them up. Don't sleep. Sleep naked. Dump your current girlfriend and find a new one with a stone cold heart. Ice pack. Decrease the air humidity. Avoid cardiac stimulants like caffeine. Hook yourself up to a bypass machine and regulate the temperature. Get air conditioning. Put liquid nitrogen in the room and ventilate well. Sleep somewhere else. Move to a colder climate. sleep on a piece of steel. Sleep in a cave. Turn down the thermostat. Get rid of the proton motive force. Become a penguin. Go sing in the rain. Shave (everything). Deal with it. Blame global warming. Get some Hawaii girl to wave at you with a large palm leaf.

That's about all I can think of for now. These are all valid btw... I am not kidding...

(This is why they call me Shock Doc)

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Seizure1990

Buy him an A/C :laugh:

And pay for the electric bill too. :)

This might sound ridiculous but if you cannot afford an air conditioner, buy one of those Styrofoam Coolers, fill it with ice, and place a fan behind it. Actually, it is better if you have a small fan you can wedge in the side of it, because it is better if you keep the lid on (obviously). I know somebody that did this when their air conditioner died in the middle of summer.

How long does the ice last on average? And would I need to at least poke a few holes in the back to let air pass pass through?

Folk wisdom. (it is often not true, as is in this case ;))

On the other hand, I wouldn't want to sleep with a wet towel... Isn't it uncomfortable? I would imagine it would stick like crazy? :

the sticky of my nice cool towel seems nicer then the sticky of my warm, sweaty body

thanks for the suggestions btw, I'll try them all out tonight, at once. Wish me luck.

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Yorak

How long does the ice last on average? And would I need to at least poke a few holes in the back to let air pass pass through?

I am really not sure how long it would last to be honest. It probably just depends on how hot it is. But yes, I forgot, poke a few holes in the lid or leave it cracked a bit.

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Shock Doc

thanks for the suggestions btw, I'll try them all out tonight, at once. Wish me luck.

Good luck buddy. May the proton motive force not be with you!

Btw, they really are all medically valid :p

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suprNOVA

Use a fan!

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witalit

Use a fan!

I do the same thing, I have a fan which stays on for an 1 hour and it keeps me cool at night. It's not that hot over here in the UK but I've kinda got addicted to having a fan on before bed.. haha

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a1ien

Yeah, the towel is totally harmless.

But dude. Do you have a fan? I live a hot valley and I've been to hot countries, and a strong fan is usually enough to avoid the need for a wet towel :D

Would it help to stick another fan in a window? Is it cooler outside? Also turn your PC off :p

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Teebor

This might sound ridiculous but if you cannot afford an air conditioner, buy one of those Styrofoam Coolers, fill it with ice, and place a fan behind it. Actually, it is better if you have a small fan you can wedge in the side of it, because it is better if you keep the lid on (obviously). I know somebody that did this when their air conditioner died in the middle of summer.

^^ This or even just simply placing a bowl of water in front of a fan as the water evaporates it can help to cool you

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Seizure1990

We used to have a couple fans lying around, but I've no idea what happened to them. Once they pop up, I'll use them I guess... And I definitely turn my computer off. Just the thought of having it run all night makes me hot.

Also, just for the record, it's not so much the heat that bothers me, but the humidity, and the sticky sweatyness. Most of my body is ok, but my head always ends up being all sticky and gross from my matted down hair. And no, I'm not shaving my head.

Looks like I may look for our fans, and find a styrofoam chest to play around with and fill with ice.

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Southern Patriot

Buy him an A/C :laugh:

To be fair, Slane is from the South, where it is pretty much a given that houses have AC. I think he can be forgiven for forgetting that this isn't as common in other places.

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Sir Topham Hatt

What kind of temperatures do you sleep in? :blink:

I'd recommend buying a flat sheet and using that (if you need something over you) or how's about just sleeping with no cover?

Try taking a cold shower before bed.

Open the windows (at least two) and allow cool air to filter through the room. I've heard sleeping in a room which is 14C/15C is much better than 18C/19C.

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Seizure1990

Most people around here actually do have AC. But we don't. Our house is really big, and really drafty, so trying to AC it would probably cost more then just going to sleep in a cheap motel.

I stopped sleeping with sheets on top of me, and the windows are open... I also have been taking two to three showers a day.

I think the real problem is that it got so hot, so fast, so I haven't had any time to adjust...

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lupich

Ew, I can't imagine sleeping with anything wet/damp... If it gets hot enough to bother you that much, after about 20 minutes doesn't that cold towel turn damp and groggy? I'd get a rash or something... Ew..

Get an electric fan, get a rag soaked in ice water and wring it out a bit, place it over the fan so it blows through the wet rag in your direction. I did this until I could afford AC. ;)

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Seizure1990

Get an electric fan, get a rag soaked in ice water and wring it out a bit, place it over the fan so it blows through the wet rag in your direction. I did this until I could afford AC. ;)

This definitely sounds like the easiest solution if I can't be bothered with getting the chest and all that ice.

Faux-AC ice box is the coolest though (harhar pun intended)

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Detection

Calamine lotion all over your body with a draft blowing is freezing, I remember using it for chicken pox, how about Vaseline, it won't dry out and should stay cold with a draft.

Sleep downstairs for now, heat rises.

Turn off all electrical items.

Sleep in 2" cold water in the bath on a blanket / towel :D

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Salty Wagyu

I think any water based cooling is bad from the suggestions i've read in this thread (cooler with ice and a fan, bowl of water in front of fan). Dry heat is better than being in sticky/sweaty heat, which those things would cause. Because the air gets very moist.

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seasonic

Do you have a bathtub near your room? If so, take a shower but dont drain the water. Leave cold water there.

You could also buy a dehumidifier

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BetaAddict

Another suggestion I can say works from experience is sleeping on the floor. Spread some blankets as a cushion and sleep on wood or tile flooring, which will constantly draw out the heat from your body and blankets as opposed to sleeping on the bed, where you will probably end up soaking the mattress with sweat.

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Hum

Strap an ice cube to your forehead :shifty:

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