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28th Jul 2018

Sleeping with a fan on could be damaging to your health

It's very, very hot at the moment but sleeping with a fan on could be doing more damage than good

Reuben Pinder

It is hot, very hot

Not as hot as it has been recently, but still very hot. The thunderstorms have given us some respite from the sweltering heat that the UK has been suffering in over the past few weeks, but the 30 degree heat is set to return very soon.

Without the luxury of air conditioning, you have probably, like me, been sleeping with a fan on to ventilate your bedroom/sauna. However, doing so could be damaging to your health, according to Sleep Advisor, sleeping with a fan on can trigger allergic reactions.

As a fan moves air around the room, it causes flurries of dust and pollen to make their way into your sinuses. So if you are an asthma sufferer, or prone to hay fever, it could cause more trouble than it’s worth.

A constant blast of air towards you during your sleep can also cause dry skin. Many people also sleep with their eyes slightly open, as bizarre as that sounds, meaning that the air being blown towards your eyes could cause serious irritation.

We are all suffering in this heatwave, but take caution when ventilating your bedroom if you are prone to these conditions.