For much of the country, this weekend is set to be warm. Like, really warm – and for many, the deep humidity can have a major impact on sleep. Well, after all, having a bedroom that’s part-snooze station and part sauna can be pretty uncomfortable.
The obvious solution for sleeping in the heat? A fan! Right? Erm, unfortunately, and we hate to be the ones to break this to you – some experts are actually warning against sleeping with a fan on.
Although sleeping with a fan on won’t pose any serious or long-term health risks, the constant breeze can kick up dust and circulate dry air into your room, potentially impacting your health negatively. We dive into the arguments for and against using a fan throughout the night, along with some other easy ways to chill out on hot nights.
Being hot at night can make it difficult to fall or stay asleep, leading to daytime fatigue and a poor mood. Also, hot nights can make you sweat and excessive sweating can deplete your body of vital minerals.
For optimal sleep, your bedroom temperature should be between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. While a fan may not be able to get your room quite as cold, it will still help drop your bedroom’s temperature. Frankly, using a fan also beats sleeping in a 90-degree bedroom.
Fans are great since they’re inexpensive and don’t use as much electricity as an air conditioner, keeping your bills down. If keeping an air conditioner on throughout the night is too expensive, a fan is your next best option to stay cool.
Although sleeping with a fan has its benefits, the adverse may be bad enough to turn you away from using a fan. Sleeping with a fan triggers allergies, causes congestion, dries out of your bedroom, and leads to muscle cramping.
Fans create dry air, so the lack of humidity in the air can lead to dry skin, mouth, and eyes.
In the end, experts suggest that “the only reason to completely avoid one is if it’s causing a health concern. If it is triggering allergy and asthma attacks or it’s drying out your skin or sinuses, you might need a different model. Sometimes the equipment also gets an excess buildup of pollen and particles that are impossible to remove. If that’s the case, consider an upgrade.”
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