Women With These 3 Issues Shouldn’t Sleep With a Fan On. Here’s Why

·3-min read
Photo credit: Andersen Ross Photography Inc - Getty Images
Photo credit: Andersen Ross Photography Inc - Getty Images

Depending on where you are in the country, you might still be experiencing some warmer weather.

For some people, this will mean that sleeping becomes a less than comfortable affair. The temptation, then, is to get some cool air going, by sticking a fan on. But, for a few sections of the population, this could cause a new problem.

Why some people shouldn't sleep with a fan on

According to The Sleep Advisor, while having a fan does circulate air to make your room cooler and fresher, it can also circulate pollen and dust.

Not great if you suffer from allergies, asthma or hay fever. (These ailments not an issue for you? Then keep on scrolling straight down to our round-up of the best fans to keep you cool.)

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

Other reasons you shouldn't be sleeping with a fan on include the fact that it can dry out your skin, as well as your nasal passages. If your nasal passages become too dry, The Sleep Advisor warns that the body can produce excess mucous, making you feel all bunged up.

And then, if that wasn't enough, there's muscle cramping.

'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,' the experts explain.

'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 while sleeping with a fan on might seem like the only way to counteract the constant heat, it could be worth trying other things like a cool flannel in a bowl of water near your bed, or sleeping on top of the covers with the window wide open.

But, sure. You might not be a hayfever sufferer – in which case this all might feel like less of an issue.

So long as you make sure that your fan is not too close to your bed and that cold air is not blowing directly onto you – and maybe think about also getting an air filter, to clean up any extra dust particles – you should be okay.

In which case, WH recommends the following fan heavyweights.

The best fans for the warmer weather

The powerful fan that's complete with a timer

Rather than sleeping with a fan on, get your room nice and cool and then time to clock off when you want to stop reading and catch your zeds.

The sleep mode-ready fan

This guy comes with a special sleep setting to keep noise down while you snooze.

The fancy fan

As well as keeping you cool, this one cleans the air you breathe – so, an air filter an fan in one.

The classic fan

Plastic blades mean a quieter noise. Hello, decent sleep quality.

Cut through the noise and get practical, expert advice, home workouts, easy nutrition and more direct to your inbox. Sign up to the WOMEN'S HEALTH NEWSLETTER .

You Might Also Like

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting