Just in case the web hasn’t adequately informed you, it often gets colder during the night.
And as the temperature falls and the air gets drier, you might consider running a humidifier, which may alleviate some cold-temperature ailments.
A humidifier works to restore moisture back into your bedroom, but what really does that mean, how does it restore your chapped lips, and is it vital to run one during the night?
Read on to find out why you should sleep with a humidifier every night.
What Does a Humidifier Do?
There are 2 major types of humidifiers, cool mist, and warm mist.
To determine which is the ideal unit for your home, consider the following things:
1. A Cool Mist Humidifier
Since this type of humidifier doesn’t have a heating system installed, the air it emits is room temperature or cool.
The primary reason a doctor might recommend this type of product is that a young child or toddler cannot be scalded when playing with or touching it.
A cool mist device might also be recommended if you or your kid suffers from croup.
2. A Warm Mist Humidifier
Some doctors recommend this type of humidifier because the warm air it produces may kill viruses and germs.
The warmer air also helps you to breathe well as it reduces mucus build-up and opens your respiratory passage.
The above types of humidifier add moisture to your room, with the major difference being that a cool mist device releases room temperature air, while a warm mist device releases heated air.
Benefits of Sleeping With a Humidifier
As you will see below, there are lots of benefits of running a humidifier during the night. They include the following:
1. Improved Sleep
If you snore, an effective humidifier might be the solution for you. We often snore if our throats and sinuses are dry.
A moist bedroom also tends to feel more comfortable and warmer, which may lead to a good night’s sleep.
2. Reduce Risk of Infections
Bacteria and viruses cannot travel well in moist air. Running a humidifier might be the difference between waking up with the flu, especially during winter, and waking up healthy.
3. Healthier Houseplants
Plants help remove toxins out of the environment. But they might suffer in dry air. Have you ever notices that the soil is dryer during the night than the day?
A good device may help to keep your indoor plants healthy – which will keep you healthy.
4. Softer, More Radiant Skin
Cold, dry air takes moisture from your skin when sleeping, which results in different types of problems such as morning dullness, flaking, dryness, and even accelerated aging.
A good humidifier for dry skin will prevent all these problems, and help you have a glowing, radiant look every morning.
5. Fewer Electric Shocks
We all hate static electricity shocks – especially our pets. But you might have noticed that it is usually common during the night. That is the impact of dry air. Use your humidifier and eliminate static shocks.
6. Protected Wood Furnishings
Dry air damages wood furniture, as well as doors and molding, making them crack and split. A humidifier may help prevent the durability of the wood – maintain your furniture for decades.
7. Comfortable Sinuses
You might have experienced a dry, tight feeling in your nose during the morning. Even if you do not have a cold (it is worse if you do), night air might dry out your sinuses, reducing your resistance to viruses and bacteria. Sleep with an effective humidifier and rise up with a more comfortable throat and nose.
8. No Growling Morning Voice
Maybe you have ever woken up sounding like a bear. That is dry air clogging your vocal cords. Running a humidifier during the night will help you to sound like yourself during the morning.
9. Faster Healing Times
Maybe you have a sinus infection, the flu, or a cold. Running a humidifier during the night will shorten your condition. It helps to keep your throat and nasal passages moist and this fasten your healing process (also reduce signs such as sneezing and coughing).
10. Reduce Heating Bill
If you add moisture in your bedroom, the air will feel warmer, which may help you save on your electricity bills during the night.
A Humidifier in a Baby’s Nursery
Expectant parents often ignore having a good humidifier when setting up a new nursery. The main reason for not installation a humidifier is because they really don’t know the benefits that it brings to their baby when sleeping (during the night).
One of the major benefits of having this device in a nursery is the protection it offers against dry air. This is particularly true during the winter when indoor air become dry from the heating system that robs the natural moisture in it.
In addition, a humidifier helps to add the much-needed moisture to a nursery and form an optimal breathing situation during the cold months. This helps your kid to sleep better and loosen mucus build-up.
Finally, the rhythmic and comforting hum of a good humidifier is similar to the whooshing sounds your kid heard in the womb. It helps to lull your child into a peaceful sleep.
While a humidifier is great for you for the above reasons, it needs to be washed regularly. Otherwise, it might become a perfect environment for mold and bacterial to thrive, which you do not want floating around your bedroom.
Here are a few things that you may try:
- Use Demineralized or Distilled Water – This will save you lots of work. Ordinary tap water has thousands of minerals that form buildup in your device and promote mold and bacteria growth. Demineralized and distilled water doesn’t have minerals – save you from cleaning your device.
- Change Filter Regularly – If your machine has a filter, ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for when changing it.
- Clean Once a Week – If you clean your device every week, it will become easier to clean and maintain it.
- Use a Hygrometer – Too much humidity might be harmful. Use a hygrometer to measure the humidity in your home. The perfect one should be about 40-50%.
As you have seen, there are different types of humidifiers, but they all release water vapor into the environment to boost the level of humidity.
When you use them correctly during the night, these devices may help to alleviate chapped lips, dry skin, nose bleeds, and other cold-weather conditions. They also help to reduce snoring.