Despite appearing to make perfect sense, sleeping with a fan on in your room during humid summer nights is something you definitely shouldn’t be doing.
Not my words, of course, but those of the Sleep Advisor, who is warning would-be fannies across the country, and indeed the world, that you opt for other options before you setting your fan on before sleepy-byes.
Don’t get me or the Advisor wrong: fans are, at face-value, A Good Thing. They provide the placebo effect of being stood atop Everest and offer immediate levels of chill.
At night time, they also make a fantastic white noise candidate, drowning out the sound of snoring, fighting cats, car alarms, the voices inside your head. All that stuff.
On the flip side, fans are bad. For various legitimate reasons.
Did you know, for example, as a fan moves air around the room, it causes waves of dust and pollen to make their way into your sinuses? If you’re prone to allergies, asthma, and hay fever, you could be in big trouble.No one wants that.
A never-ending blast of air on your body may feel lovely, but it can actually cause dry skin. Lotions and moisturisers will likely nip this one in the bud, but if you suffer from dry skin, monitor yourself to make sure you’re not over drying it.
Another thing to consider is that some people sleep with their eyes partially open. A bit like Gandalf in LOTR. A continuous airstream will dry your eyes (mate) and cause huge irritation. If you wear contact lenses when you sleep, it will make matters much worse.
If you’ve ever been papped in the land of nod, you’ll have regrettably noticed people also sleep with their gobs wide open. Again, the airflow will potentially dry out their mouths and throats. Keeping a glass of water nearby will put and to a dry throat, but why wake up with one in the first place? As if getting up wasn’t laborious enough.
People who sleep with a breeze directly on them may wake up with a stiffy that just won’t budge. Yes, muscles may very well become stiff and rigid if exposed to the continous breeze of a fan. This is because the concentrated cool air can make muscles tense up and cramp.
So is there anyone out there who should completely avoid using a fan in the bedroom? Kinda.
If it’s a health a concern, a continuous one with no breathers (quite literally) then probs just best you sleep over the covers and maybe put a damp towel over your pillow. Think outside the box in line with your body’s limits.
At the very least set your fan on rotate so it’s not one straight breeze all night long.You may even want to consider one that has a timer, so you’ll be able to use it to send you off comfortably but have it turn off automatically to prevent you waking up stiff and gagging.
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