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Why You Shouldn't Let Anyone In Your Family Sleep With A Fan On

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If someone in your family is having a hard time going to sleep at night, you might want to do one of several things: check the temperature of your home or better yet, see if the fan is running in the bedroom. That’s because there’s a new report that suggests allowing one of your family members to sleep with a fan on his or her room might actually be bad for their health.

Even though many people are trying to find creative ways to cool down during this summer’s heat wave, putting on a fan might not be the best idea, as it could easily trigger a few symptoms that are linked to allergies, asthma or hay fever.

According to The Sleep Advisor, even though having a fan on in your room does help make you feel cooler and fresher, it can also circulate pollen and dust. The site says, “Take a close look at your fan. If it’s been collecting dust on the blades, those particles are flying through the air every time you turn it on.”

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that dust mites are the most common allergy triggers. Given how they can cling to the ceiling or fans throughout our house, it's clear to see how an attempt to circulate air in the summer can be an allergy trigger. Of course, to minimize the risk of possible allergy flare-ups, cleaning the fan blades is always helpful.

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But dust mites aren't the only problem. If you use a fan too often while you sleep, this can also lead to muscle cramps or even dry skin. Muscles may tense up or feel sore the morning after a restful breezy sleep.

However, there are no significant risks associated with fan use. As long as you are comfortable, it is okay to keep the fan blowing throughout the night. In addition, it is totally fine to keep the fan on all night, especially if you don't have air conditioning and need to be comfortable in the heat. But if you have a history of asthma or allergies, you may want to consider other alternatives to keep cool in the middle of the night.

If you have any questions or concerns, see your primary doctor, who will most likely help with symptoms and signs commonly associated with asthma, allergies, and acid reflux.

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