Sleeping with a fan on through the night can be harmful for your health

Fans are the reason we have a peaceful sleep through hot nights, but sometimes they are causing us serious health damage


                            Sleeping with a fan on through the night can be harmful  for your health

We all love to get a good night sleep especially after a long, tiring day at work. Even the thought of getting into the bed, tucked in a cozy blanket with the fan at the right speed is relaxing.

However, it so happens that sometimes, the fans that cool us can become the reason for our health to deteriorate.

As reported by Sleep Advisor, fans cause air circulation around the room but while doing so, they carry flurries of dust and pollen, which can make their way into your sinuses. For people who are prone to allergies, asthma, and hay fever, switching on a fan can add to the problem. Also, if you look at the fans on your celling, you will notice they have dust gathered on the blades and the same dust particles fly through the air every time you switch them on. 

 Ceiling fans have dust gathered on the blades and the same dust particles fly through the air every time you switch them on (Getty Images)
 Ceiling fans have dust gathered on the blades and the same dust particles fly through the air every time you switch them on (Getty Images)

At the same time, a constant blast of air on your body can cause your skin to dry. However, this can be brought under control by using cream or moisturizers. But the main cause of concern are the eyes. There are certain people who sleep with their eyes partially open. As crazy as it sounds, it happens. At times like these, there are chances that the airstream will dry your eyes and cause irritation. Especially for people who wear contacts to sleep, this could lead to be a bad infection. 

As for the people who sometimes sleep with their mouth open, the excess airflow will potentially dry out their mouths and throats. Probably, keeping a bottle of water next to the bed can help solve this problem if one wakes up in the middle of the night with a dry mouth. 

Fans can sometimes cause irritation when a person sleeps (Pixabay)
Fans can sometimes cause irritation when a person sleeps (Pixabay)

However, a fan can pose a problem for people who have sinus.

The "constant stream of air also has a tendency to dry out your nasal passages, which could affect your sinuses," according to Sleep Advisor. If the dryness happens to be extreme, it may result in your body producing excess mucus to try to compensate. This will eventually lead to blockage, stuffiness, and sinus headaches. Meanwhile, people who sleep with the fan's breeze directly on them may wake up with stiff or sore muscles.

This happens because cool air can make muscles tense up and cramp. The problem is seen more in people who sleep with fans close to their face or neck. People who should avoid using fan throughout the night are the ones who have allergies or sinus infections. Sometimes, the equipment also gets an excess buildup of pollen and particles that are bad for any individual. When this happens one can opt for an upgrade to make sure nothing affects the health. 

As for those who tend to experience dryness, one can opt for fans that come with a timer. This will allow you to have a peaceful sleep and ensure that you don't wake up with dry skin, mouth or eyes. While there is no serious danger of having a fan in the room, one just needs to find the right kind to ensure one's health is not compromised.