It is a common fact that so many people allow fan to be on while they sleep so that the breeze blown can circulate in the room and make them feel comfortable.
But the thing is that this habit of leaving the fan can pose some health challenge on an individual.
And for all of those who sleep with eyes and mouths open, it’s not good news either. With dry air going into your mouth you could wake up in the night feeling seriously dehydrated, and with it blowing into your eyes all night say hello to itchy, dry, tired eyes.
Take a look at the following reasons why we should be careful when using fans;
1. Sinus Irritation
The constant stream of air also has a tendency to dry out your nasal passages, which could affect your sinuses. If the dryness is particularly extreme, it can result in your body producing excess mucous to try to compensate. Then, you’re more susceptible to blockage, stuffiness, and sinus headaches .
2. Can Cause Sore Muscle
When cool air is concentrated to a specific part of the body, the muscles tend to tense or cramp up; hence the stiffness and the soreness. It is advised to face the fan away when sleeping.
3. Can Cause Headaches and Migraines
Another unfortunate side effect of leaving your fan on all night, especially when it reaches a point where it blows dry air, is your susceptibility to headaches and migraines. According to some studies, cold temperatures stimulate the trigeminal nerve, causing your brain’s blood vessels to constrict and thus create a headache.
Other studies also claim that fans do not directly cause headaches or migraines directly, but if the air inside the room is still, you might develop some allergies which might manifest in the form of headaches or migraines.
4. Fans Tend to Collect Dust From Miles Away
When not cleaned often, they may pose a health risk to people with allergies or breathing problems. The dust is noticeable on their blades, and during the night, the air disposed of the fans into the room may be full of dust.
5. Become Bad Habit
Don’t think it’s only smoking that is addictive. If you can’t sleep without a fan, then you might be addicted to that habit without noticing. The bad thing, if you can’t sleep without using blowing fans, then it will be difficult to stop even when it’s harming your health. The result is you won’t be able to sleep in rooms without fans, and you’ll likely suffer from most of the issues we’ve discussed in this post. It’s only wise to use your fan when it’s really necessary.
6. Air From an Electric Fan Could Be Drying Out Your Skin
The constant and high blast of air from the fan may trigger certain reactions from the skin mostly for people who suffer from acne and other existing dry skin conditions such as eczema.
7. Respiratory Problems
The symptoms of upper tract respiratory infection tend to appear much more in people who leave their fans on overnight than those who don’t. These symptoms may include nasal congestion, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, sinus pain, rhinitis, or even cough.
According to some studies, people that spend a lot of time in rooms constantly cooled using fans are prone to rhinitis than those that use natural ventilation. Moreover, symptoms of nasal congestion, nasal discharge, and nasal breathing were found to be common in people that use mechanical ventilation. If these problems are not looked into, they can cause severe respiratory problems in the long run.
It is advisable to look for other alternative means to relieve heat from your body other than using the fan all the time. One can wear lighter clothes or even take a cold shower before sleeping. Also, clean your fan regularly if your allergies and skin sensitivity are triggered easily.