For Some People, Sleeping With A Fan On May Actually Be Bad For You

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Summer is hitting the northern hemisphere pretty hard, with both North America and Europe experience record high temperatures. When it gets this hot, sleeping with a fan aimed towards you seems like a natural, comfortable solution.

BUT WAIT! The Sleep Advisor recently wrote about the unexpected health risks of sleeping with a fan on, and they may just make you want to take your chance with heat stroke.

It turns out fans are very useful for circulating air and cooling off the room, but they’re also circulating something else: allergens.

The Sleep Advisor writes:

Take a close look at your fan. If it’s been collecting dust on the blades, those particles are flying through the air every time you turn it on.

Having a fan on while you sleep can also dry out your skin and nasal passages. And in response to dried nasal passages, the body will begin producing excess mucus, which will make breathing harder and leave you feeling “all bunged up” come the morning.

Perhaps most notably, sleeping with a fan on can also result in muscle cramping.

Sleep Advisor writes:

People who sleep with a breeze directly on them may wake up with stiff or sore muscles. This is because the concentrated cool air can make muscles tense up and cramp. This problem is especially common for people who sleep with it near their face and neck. If you’ve been waking up with a stiff neck in the morning, it might be because of the constant breeze.

So now the question becomes “just how hot does it have to be to risk sleeping with a fan?” I’d say that when the map looks like this, you’re probably in the clear:

H/T – Elle, The Sleep Advisor


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--