The warm weather is upon us and sometimes getting a good night sleep is hard to do when it is too warm.  Many people turn to fans to help cool the bedroom and get comfortable for the night.  Unfortunately, this might not be a good idea for everyone. Here are some downfalls of using a fan and some alternatives.

It can trigger allergies or asthma:

A fan can stir up allergens in the room or move dust around which can enhance allergic reaction and asthmas symptoms.

It can contribute to poor air quality:

If you live in an urban area, sleeping with the window open and running a fan during the night can circulate outdoor pollutants (diesel/gas emissions etc) into your home and into your upper airway as you sleep.  Poor indoor air quality can contribute to infections, lung cancer, and lung diseases such as asthma.

It can cause congestion:

Having a direct current of air blowing towards you can wick moisture out of your body and dry up your mucus membranes.  Once your nose gets irritated, it over produces mucus and leads to congestion.  This can get worse in the winter when the air is particularly dry.

It can make you more susceptible to getting sick:

If the fan is affecting your mucus membranes and they dry up, your chances of getting sick increases. Mucus provides a layer of protection against viruses, without it you are vulnerable to various organisms and irritants.

It can spread germs:

Fans can spread existing germs within the room. If you share a room with someone who is sick, a fan can carry the germs your way.

It can dry out your skin:

Especially in the winter during the drier months.  Fans will not only dry out your skin but this can also contribute to dehydration.  At night, you are essential fasting and not drinking any water.  Adding a fan to that will result in greater loss of fluid and moisture in your body.

How to fix the problem:

1)         Keep your house clean and dust free.

2)         Put a bowl of water in front of your fan to help keep moisture in the air.

3)         Point it away from your face.

4)         Keep the fan at least three to six feet away from the face.

5)         Keep it on a lower setting.

6)         Use a humidifier in addition to a fan.

7)         Keep the window closed if the air quality is poor.

8)         Forgot about the fan and use an air conditioner.

9)         Sleep with less clothing or fewer blankets to stay cool.