Sleep With Your Fan On? This Study Might Make You Reconsider

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Let’s face it, sleeping with your fan on at night is a great feeling.

Whether it’s a ceiling or floor fan, it’s our best friend in the summer, and we have it on during the winter because it makes us fall asleep easily. However, a study that has resurfaced argues that it’s a bad idea to do that.

According to Sleep Advisor, sleeping with the fan on all night can have several health consequences. Are you someone who suffers from allergies or asthma? There’s a chance it can not only circulate air, but pollen and dust.

“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,” said Sleep Advisor.

Your skin can also be affected— leaving it feeling and looking dry— and the cold air can led to you waking up feeling stiff. “This is because the concentrated cool air can make muscles tense up and cramp,” experts explained.

Pros to using a fan

  • It generates a sound similar to white noise that drowns out background noise
  • Low-cost way to control the temperature
  • Helps circulate air in a stuffy room

Cons to using a fan

  • Can stir up an allergic reaction if you’re prone to allergies, asthma or respiratory illnesses
  • Cold air dries out your skin, face, and eyes
  • More susceptible to nasal blockage, stuffiness, and sinus headaches
  • Sore muscles

Which team are you on? Team fan? Or no fan?