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You Should Not Keep Your Fan On All Night During Heatwave, Sleep Expert Warns

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You Should Not Keep Your Fan On All Night During Heatwave, Sleep Expert Warns

In the hot weather, it can be tempting to sleep with your fan on all night. In fact, it can often feel like the only way to dose off.

But experts are warning that we really shouldn't be keeping our fans on all night, explaining that doing so actually has many negative health impacts.

The first issue is that sleeping with a fan circulates dust straight at you, as well as pollen. This means that your fan could actually be triggering for those who suffer with allergies or asthma, Sleep Advisor reports.

"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."

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Sleeping next to a fan could be bad for you (Credit: Shutterstock)
Sleeping next to a fan could be bad for you (Credit: Shutterstock)

This isn't the only issue that can occur if you lay by a fan for too long.

The expert adds that people's skin may well suffer, too, because the air blowing at them can dry it out. It can also dry you nasal passages, meaning you wake up feeling like you have a cold, because your body produces excess mucus.

And that's not all, it can encourage your muscles to stiffen, too.

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"This is because the concentrated cool air can make muscles tense up and cramp," the experts explain.

This is a particular issue for those who sleep with a fan right next to their necks.

A dusty fan can cause cold like symptoms (Credit: Shutterstock)
A dusty fan can cause cold like symptoms (Credit: Shutterstock)

In case you haven't noticed, we're currently in the midst of a rather intense heatwave, with an Extreme Heat Warning having been issued by the Met Office on Monday, for the first time ever across some parts of the UK.

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We've been told to expect temperatures which may peak at 33C in some parts of the country, and the warning is in place until midnight on Thursday, spanning across Wales, all of southwest England and parts of southern and central England.

The MET Office has issued warnings across some parts of the country [Wednesday 21st July map] (Credit: MET Office)
The MET Office has issued warnings across some parts of the country [Wednesday 21st July map] (Credit: MET Office)

We don't think there's an option when it comes to using a fan ATM, but we'd suggest doing so in doses, rather than leaving yours on blast all day and night.

And check out this hack to help you stay cool in bed, instead...

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Health, Weather

Joanna Freedman
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