This week, some parts of the UK are set to hit 30 degrees celsius. Yes, that is pretty hot.
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 some 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.
'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.
Struggling to snooze? These 9 tricks for falling asleep in the heat could help.
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