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Cool down your apartment in summer: What to avoid for better sleep

Heatwaves may affect one's well-being and sleep comfort.
Heatwaves may affect one's well-being and sleep comfort.
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Aleksandra Lewandowska

27 June 2024 21:04

Heatwaves can significantly impact our well-being and sleep quality. It's therefore advisable to cool down the apartment during the day to ensure a comfortable temperature at night. However, you should avoid turning on a fan. We explain why.

We often contend with high temperatures in June, July, and August. While this period is generally associated with holidays and leisure, it can lead to poorer well-being and irritability. Nevertheless, there are straightforward methods to cool down the apartment, ensuring it remains pleasant at night.

How to cool the apartment?

All of us likely have our strategies for keeping the apartment cool. If none have been effective, these two reliable methods are worth trying. They are simple, cost nothing and will make the apartment cooler.


  1. If it's hot and sunny outside, never open the windows. While it might seem like a good idea, open windows will let hot air into the apartment rather than cool it down.
  2. During heatwaves, ensure that all windows are covered with blinds or curtains. This will prevent the sun from heating the apartment.

Do not turn on the fan at night

Many people invest in fans and air conditioners during the summer. While these can be effective, we should be cautious, particularly with fans, which can sometimes cause more harm than good.

Firstly, individuals who suffer from severe dust allergies and related issues, such as hay fever, should avoid using fans. Dust often settles on fans; if they are not cleaned regularly, they can quickly trigger allergic reactions.

Secondly, fans dry out already dry air. Our bodies may compensate by producing more mucus, leading to dehydration, runny nose, nasal congestion, sinusitis, and even bronchitis.

Thirdly, prolonged exposure to cool air can cause joint pain and stiffness. It’s essential to monitor the room temperature carefully.

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