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Sleeping With A Fan On Through The Night Could Be Terrible For You

Sleeping With A Fan On Through The Night Could Be Terrible For You

Depending on whether the hum of a fan soothes you or irritates you - this news will be brilliant or horrendous

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

If anyone else, like me, has been creeping into the loft to prepare for the night's sleep by getting the good 'ol fan out, wiping a bit of dust off it as we go - because how many times a year to we have an absolute scorcher from Morocco - then read on because it might actually be pretty bad for you.

Yes, you might have a cool, breezy sort of sleep. The kind you haven't been used to in recent weeks but you might also be making yourself ill.

Because according to The Sleep Advisor, as a fan moves air around the room, it causes flurries of dust and pollen to make their way into your sinuses - up yer nose basically.

Therefore, if you're prone to asthma, hay fever, or general allergies - that lovely bit of light wind could be doing you more damage than you think.

Equally, if your fan has been collecting dust (see introductory paragraph) then those could be flying right your way every single time you turn it on.


Another thing that is considered being a potential drawback to having cool air blasted in your direction is the dry skin it can cause.

*Reaches for the cocoa butter*

You could be over-drying your skin by using a fan on your body for excessive amounts of time.

And if you sleep with your eyes partially open you could also be at a disadvantage because your eyes will obviously be completely dried out which could cause irritation. Don't even get me started on sleeping with your mouth wide open.


Something else is sinus irritation, because the constant stream of air can dry out your sinuses. If it's particularly extreme it can result in your body producing excess mucus to try and compensate (sorry about the TMI).

In hand this would mean you would be susceptible to blockage, stuffiness and headaches.

Something that might not seem as obvious is muscle pain. If you're waking up with stiff or sore muscles you might want to look at your little mate on the bedside table.

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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.

There are obviously reasons to continue sleeping with the fan, not only does it control the temperature, stop the bed covers sticking to your body and prevents you from waking up every few minutes it can also act as a white noise and circulate air better.

Anyone else apart from me ignoring all of this? I can't wait to get home and ramp it up to setting two - hardcore.

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