There are all sorts of universal tips floating around on how to achieve a better night’s rest, and one of the most common ideas is to always sleep with a ceiling or stationary fan turned on.
But as with all tips for better rest, whether a continually operating fan will improve sleep or not all relies on the individual. Some people may find that a fan improves their ability to fall asleep and rest well through the night, while others may encounter new issues when a fan is present in the bedroom.
So before you switch on the ceiling fan, or go out and purchase a fan to add to the bedroom environment, consider these pros and cons of how using a fan on a nightly basis may affect your sleep.
If you need a little background noise to quiet your mind in the moments before bedtime, a floor fan may be an ideal solution.
This is due to the fan’s natural hum which can both drown out outside distractions – like traffic, a barking dog, or noisy neighbors – and provide just enough stimulation to help you rest without disturbing your sleep.
For example, a fan is much better than falling asleep to the television. This is because there are no fluctuations in volume or varying sounds that can nudge you out of a sleepy state, not to mention the harm of screens to your circadian rhythms.
A lower room temperature is crucial for sleep, because our body temperatures need to drop for us to fall and stay asleep.
So if your bedroom environment tends to run a little warm, adding a fan can help provide a cooler breeze that will make it much easier to get rest.
As a bonus, running a fan is also much easier on your utility bills than turning on the air conditioning unit, or dropping the thermostat a few degrees at night.
On the negative side of using a fan in the bedroom, the air circulation that a fan naturally produces can cause or enhance any sinus problems.
This is because as the fan stirs and circulates the air, it’s also dispersing and redistributing any unhealthy materials in the room, such as bacteria, dust, mold, or even fungi.
A good way to mitigate this effect – especially if you suffer from sinus issues – is to keep your bedroom as clean and uncluttered as possible. This way, the air will remain “fresh” and contaminant free when it’s time to drift off to sleep.
If you sleep with your eyes partially open, tend to forget to take out your contact lenses, or are prone to dry skin, a ceiling fan may not be a good bedroom addition.
This is because the regular rotation and blowing of air can exacerbate dryness across the board, leading to a dry throat, dry eyes, and dry skin in the morning.
Moving a floor fan to a corner of the bedroom will help if you like the white noise that a fan produces, as will putting it at a very low or intermittent setting.
A fan can work wonders for some individuals, and can lead to a bad night’s rest for others. So give it a try if you want to make your bedroom more conducive to sleep, and take a step towards finding a solution for better rest that works for you.
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