During hot summer days, there’s no other way to sleep. But the fan might be causing more harm than you’d think.
When it is too hot to function, you have three ways to get through the night without waking up in a pool of your own sweat: you can sleep next to an open window, get an air conditioner, or turn on a fan.
While the fan seems like the less expensive and convenient solution, you might want to think twice before sleeping next to one.
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Yes, it will keep you cool, the constant air circulation is good for you, and the white noise it makes might help you sleep easier, but there are also some cons to it.
To start with, the blades of the fan you’re about to use have been collecting dust since the last time you used it. This means that once you turn it on it will create a storm of dust that will blow right into your nasal cavities.
With dust flying around, people with sensitive sinuses, or those who suffer from asthma, hay fever or allergies will find themselves having a reaction.
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The constant airflow could also dry out one’s nasal passage, which can irritate your sinuses, or cause increased production of mucus and therefore blockage.
And if that all is not enough to convince you to ditch the fan, then you should know that one might also wake up with stiff neck and shoulders (which is actually quite common).
You might not be convince, but at least you’ve been warned.