When it gets warm at night, you may decide to crank up the fan if you don’t have air conditioning or you want to save some money on electricity. Everybody would want their sleeping environment to be comfortable enough to allow them to sleep through the night. The last thing anyone wants is to wake up soaked in sweat and unable to fall back to sleep.
Do you know what happens to the body when you sleep with the fan on? Probably not. Truth is, this fan could be causing you more trouble than you realize, especially if you’ve been using it incorrectly.
Here are some of the potential downsides you could cause!
1. It will dry out your mouth and nasal passages.
Studies reveal that leaving the fan on can lead to dehydration and the drying of the mouth and nasal passages due to sweat and moisture evaporating from the body. This requires special attention if you live in a dry area, since these consequences can appear even faster. Most of the time, however, a cup of water is more than enough to replace the lost water.
2. Asthma And Allergies
If you have allergies or asthma, turning on the fan might exacerbate your symptoms.
Fans move the air, which leads to all sorts of allergens being circulated.
If you have the window open you’re exposing yourself to all sorts of pollen, dust, mold, and allergens.
Perhaps this explains why you wake up short of breath or sneezing.
3. It’s one of the causes of muscle cramps.
During the night, the temperature tends to drop rapidly and, although exposure to cold can cause muscle cramps, fans can expose you to more concentrated and constant cool air, which blows directly at you. During hot nights, the air blowing from the fan can increase your body temperature, leading to heat-related illnesses, such as nausea and headaches.
Here’s what you can do so that you don’t suffer these effects
If you just can’t sleep without your fan, try turning it in another direction. That way it won’t blow directly at you. Another option is to put it by your window so that it can catch the outside air and allow it to enter your room.
Sources: relayhero.com, brightside.me