Dry, cold winter weather presents plenty of challenges for our bodies. Whether it’s dry, cracking skin, catching a cold, or even just battling a runny nose 24/7, the chilly temperatures make life a little more difficult.
But, surprisingly, it’s not just the weather outside causing all these issues.
The response to wintertime cold is, obviously, heating being used indoors. However, this faux heat is a huge culprit for drying out everything from your nasal passages to your face. Even air conditioning during the summer can have these drying side-effects!
Rather than turn off the heat and resign yourself to living in an igloo, here’s a brilliant compromise: a humidifier.
You might have it set in your mind that a humidifier is a pricey and unnecessary expense, but this device could be the exact thing you need to reverse some extremely common health issues. And the best part? You don’t have to worry about clocking in “humidifier time” during the day — you only need to keep one in your bedroom.
Here are just a few ways sleeping with a humidifier on can improve your health:
1. Relieve Sinus Issues
If you have sinus issues, especially during the colder months, it’s likely worsened by forced heating systems in your home or office. All that dry air keeping you warm during the winter is also drying out your nasal passages, which can aggravate allergies and sinusitis.
Adding humidity to the air is a great way to reverse that dryness, as it helps mucus flow and keeps everything moist. This is especially helpful during sleep when you’re not conscious enough to self-lubricate with water, prescribed drops, or even swallowing.
2. Alleviate Snoring
Snoring is often caused by dry nasal passages — at the very least, that obnoxious volume of your snoring is because you’re all dried out. Humidifiers keep the throat lubricated, which relieves the intensity of the snoring sounds and can sometimes stop snoring altogether.
3. Improve Your Skin
If you suffer from dry, irritated skin, it could be that your face is craving moisture. When you’re sleeping, you have to go eight straight hours without moisturizer supporting your skin, but a humidifier is an answer to keeping your skin nourished all night long.
After sleeping with a humidifier for just a few days, you’ll notice your skin looks more supple and healthy! This moisture will help reduce dry, flaky skin, redness, irritation, and even acne.
For a few other amazing benefits you can get from having a humidifier in your bedroom, make sure to watch the video below!