7 Ways to Cope When It’s Too Hot to Sleep

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Mosquitoes. Sunburn. Reruns on TV. The insults of summer never seem to end—even as we make our way into early September. But you don’t have to let this sweltering season get the better of your shut-eye. Try these tricks and tips to reclaim your z's.

1. DE-MUGGIFY YOUR SPACE.

The only thing worse than heat is damp heat. Humidity makes it harder for your body to cool itself down, thereby magnifying heat’s miserable effects. Air conditioning can remove a good amount of moisture from the air, but a small dehumidifier can also make a big difference.

2. BARE YOUR FEET.

It’s normal to feel like you need a blanket in order to sleep, but your tootsies don’t need to be covered up. Your hands and feet are filled with veins. Cooling your feet cools the blood within them. When that blood circulates, it can help reduce your total body temperature.

3. JUST CHILL (YOUR SHEETS).

Leave folded linens in the fridge for a few hours in the evening. Just before it’s time to go to sleep, pop them on the bed, then fling yourself down and luxuriate in the goosebumps. The cold won’t last, but by the time it fades, you should already be conked out.

4. GO UNDERGROUND.

We all know the science: hot air rises. Cool air sinks. By nightfall, the upper floors of your house are stuffed with a day’s worth of heat. If you’ve got access to a basement, you’ve got your own walk-in sleep freezer.

5. PUT ICE PACKS ON YOUR PULSE POINTS.

You don’t need to submerge your entire body in an ice bath. Applying cold packs to the inside of your wrists, elbows, and knees, as well as the back of your neck and your forehead, will go a long way toward shedding some of that nasty heat.

6. FIX YOUR AIR FLOW.

Most ceiling fans have two settings: counter-clockwise for summer, to push cool air downward, and clockwise for winter, to draw the cool air up. Just flip the switch on the fan body to get things moving in the right direction.

7. CLOSE YOUR CURTAINS.

The heat’s already got you grumpy as a troll. Why not create your own cave? Keeping curtains and blinds shut during the day prevents all that terrible sunlight from entering and accumulating in your lair. You don’t need to see outside anyway; after all, the ice cream truck has a jingle for that very reason.

The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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More Than 650 New Words Have Been Added to Dictionary.com—Here Are 50 of Them

Online dictionaries can add words a little more quickly than their printed counterparts.
Online dictionaries can add words a little more quickly than their printed counterparts.
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Back in April, Dictionary.com updated its lexicon with a number of terms that had sprung up seemingly overnight, including COVID-19, novel coronavirus, and even rona. Now, as a testament to just how fast language evolves, the online dictionary has added 650 more.

Though the terms aren’t all quite as new as rona, they’ve all recently become prevalent enough to warrant their own dictionary entries. And they’re not all related to public health crises, either. New slang includes amirite, a truncated version of Am I right?; and zhuzh, a verb meaning “to make (something) more lively and interesting, stylish, or appealing, as by a small change or addition” (it can also be used as a noun).

There’s a handful of phrases that describe pets used for service or therapy—assistance animal, comfort animal, and emotional support animal, among others—and a couple that help capture the sometimes bizarre landscape of modern parenting. Sharent, a portmanteau of share and parent, refers to the act of chronicling your child’s life on social media (or a parent who does it); and extravagant methods of publicly announcing an unborn baby’s gender are now so widespread that gender reveal is a dictionary-recognized term. Some terms address racist behaviors—whitesplain and brownface, for example—while others reflect how certain people of color describe their specific ethnicities; Afro-Latina, Afro-Latino, and Afro-Latinx each have an entry, as do Pinay, Pinoy, and Pinxy.

In addition to the new entries, Dictionary.com has also added 2100 new definitions to existing entries and revised another 11,000 existing definitions—making it the site’s largest update ever. Black in reference to ethnicity is now a separate entry from the color black, and lexicographers have also combed through the dictionary to capitalize Black wherever it appears in other entries. They’ve also replaced homosexuality—now often considered an outdated clinical term with a negative connotation—with gayness in other entries, and addict with a person addicted to or a habitual user of. In short, people are constantly making language more inclusive and sensitive, and Dictionary.com is working to represent those changes in the dictionary.

Take a look at 50 of Dictionary.com’s new words and phrases below, and learn more about the updates here.

  1. Af
  1. Afro-Latina
  1. Afro-Latino
  1. Afro-Latinx
  1. Agile development
  1. Amirite
  1. Assistance animal
  1. Battle royale
  1. Bombogenesis
  1. Brownface
  1. Cap and trade
  1. Comfort animal
  1. Community management
  1. Companion animal
  1. Conservation dependent
  1. Conservation status
  1. Contouring
  1. Critically endangered
  1. DGAF
  1. Dunning-Kruger effect
  1. Ecoanxiety
  1. Emissions trading
  1. Emotional labor
  1. Emotional support animal
  1. Empty suit
  1. Extinct in the wild
  1. Filipinx
  1. Filipina
  1. Gender reveal
  1. GOAT
  1. Hodophobia
  1. Information bubble
  1. Ish
  1. Jabroni
  1. Janky
  1. MeToo
  1. Natural language processing
  1. Nothingburger
  1. Off-grid
  1. Pinay
  1. Pinoy
  1. Pinxy
  1. Ratio
  1. Sharent
  1. Swole
  1. Techlash
  1. Therapy animal
  1. Whitesplain
  1. World-building
  1. Zhuzh