Are you familiar with that unpleasant feeling of dryness during the night or in the morning?
Every winter, with the beginning of the heating season, my nose was so dry that breading was very uncomfortable and almost impossible.
Not to mention the drying up of the skin and bleeding cracked lips.
I just hated that feeling...
But, it all stopped when I got my first humidifier. But, then came the questions like "Should a humidifier run all night?", and "Is it safe to just keep it running?"
Read on to find out why you should sleep with a humidifier and which precaution measures are needed.
BENEFITS OF SLEEPING WITH A HUMIDIFIER RUNNING
There are lots of benefits of running a humidifier during the night. Here are the examples I've noticed:
When you breathe in dry air in your bedroom, your sinus and throat get dry.
This is a perfect recipe for snoring as well as a disturbed sleep.
You know that snoring affects you and also everyone else in close quarters, right?
So the solution is a humidifier.
By using a humidifier during the night, your respiratory tract will be moistened and chances of snoring will be highly reduced!
REDUCE RISK OF THE INFECTIONS
It's well known that bacteria and viruses can't travel well in the moist air.
So if you want to wake up healthy, running a humidifier might be the solution you need when you have trouble with the flu.
Dry nose and throat also lead to infections.
Therefore, with keeping the humidifier running during winter nights, the chances of infection are lower.
Dry air takes moisture from your skin, and that's a well-known fact!
This results in different types of problems like morning dullness, dryness, flaking, and even accelerated aging.
A good humidifier will prevent all these skin problems, and help you have a radiant, glowing look every morning.
NO SINUS ISSUES
During the winter, when you wake up in the morning you experience a dry, tight feeling in your nose.
The dry night air dries out your sinuses even if you do not have a cold.
But it's much worse if you do suffer from a cold.
Be sure you go to sleep with a humidifier running and wake up with a more comfortable nose and throat.
FASTER HEALING TIME
Running a humidifier during the night will shorten your healing time no matter if you have a sinus infection, the flu, or a cold.
A humidifier will help you keep your nasal passages and throat moist, and this will speed up your healing process.
NO GROWLING MORNING VOICE
I used to have a problem with growling morning voice.
When I woke up and try to talk it sounded like a bear, especially during the heating season.
The main reason for this particular problem is dry air that is drying up your vocal cords.
If you have the same problem as I used to have, let a humidifier run during the night.
This will help you sound like yourself in the morning and generally make you feel better when you wake up.
FEWER ELECTRIC SHOCKS
One more impact of the dry air is a static shock.
It's usually common during the night because the air is dryer then.
And, we all hate static electricity shocks, but our pets most of all.
Using humidifier all night long will help you eliminate static shocks.
PROTECTION OF WOOD FURNITURE
Dry air can damage wood furniture, as well as doors and molding. It makes them crack and split.
A humidifier will help with the durability of the wood furniture in your home and maintain the same for decades.
REDUCE THE HEATING BILL
The fact is that dry air makes you feel colder.
So if you use warm mist humidifier in your bedroom, the air will feel warmer.
Thus, you can crank down the heating system.
This little trick will help you save on your electricity bills during the winter.
Everywhere you go, there are certain toxins in the air, and the plants can help remove them.
But, plants also suffer from dry air.
Also, have you ever notices that the soil is dryer during the night than the day? Especially during the winter and the heating season.
A humidifier may help to keep your indoor plants healthy – which will keep you healthy, too.
SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER RUN ALL NIGHT? IS IT RISKY?
So, should a humidifier run all night? Sure... But, is it risky? Not if you take all the precautions.
Here are the things you should pay attention for.
SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER RUN ALL NIGHT? NOT IF THE WATER TANK RUNS DRY!
While you can be careful and observe the water levels during the day, you won’t certainly do so during the sleep.
I resolve this problem by buying a humidifier whose continuous mist production is longer than the number of hours I sleep.
Also, make sure that the humidifier has an auto-shutoff sensor, which shuts down the unit when the tank runs dry.
If your humidifier comes without a filter, it will produce white or gray dust along with the much-needed mist.
You should know that this white or gray mist can induce some allergy irritations.
Minerals present in regular tap water are the culprit of this white dust.
To avoid this risk, use distilled water or get a humidifier that has a filter.
GROWING MOLD AND DUST MITES
As I already mentioned earlier, dry air is a threat for your health, but the over-moisturized air is too.
It is recommended that the humidity level is between 30-50%.
Too much moisture promotes the growth of mold, bacteria and dust mites.
Also, it promotes condensation on furniture, floors, beddings, and furnishings.
Mold growing on furniture and furnishings will doubtlessly mean more cleaning and a shorter lifespan.
You should get a hygrometer to measure the humidity levels to elevate this risk.
If the humidity level is higher than the recommended, do not run the humidifier.
On the other hand, if the humidity level is too high, get a dehumidifier to get rid of the excess moisture.
Or, consider getting plants with dehumidifying properties because they produce a much healthier air than dehumidifiers.
Also, you can get a humidifier that has a humidistat to measure and control the humidity in the environment.
WHAT ARE SOME PRECAUTIONS?
For best performance, you should keep an eye on the following things.
KEEP THE HUMIDIFIER CLEAN
Unclean water leads to mold and germ growth and those lead to unclean air.
Also if you don't clean your humidifier will also promote the mold and germs growth.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to maintain your humidifier and keep enjoying the clean and healthy air.
USE DEMINERALIZED OR DISTILLED WATER
It's very recommendable to refill your humidifier with distilled water.
If you have a humidifier with a filter, you should change it with the ones the manufacturer recommends.
HOW TO PLACE THE HUMIDIFIER
You should follow the instructions from the manufacturer how to place a humidifier.
Because some of them recommend that you place the unit on a hard surface and others to an elevated surface, etc.
But all recommend the same, keep it out of children’s reach and away from high traffic areas.
OBTAIN THE RIGHT HUMIDITY
As mentioned earlier, too low or too high humidity level is not good for your health.
Remember to obtain optimal humidity level, so keep it at 30-50%.
I sincerely hope that I was able to give you an answer to your question - Should a humidifier run all night?
So, now you know that you can run humidifier through the night, but you should take some precautionary measures.
This is very important because you don't want to get sick or that your humidifier breaks down, or even worse, catches a fire.
Also, there are a lot of benefits of using a humidifier during the night and it was all mentioned above.
You should follow precautions measures that are mentioned above to avoid something going wrong and to truly enjoy the benefits of the humidifier.
I will be very pleased if you share here your own experience about sleeping with a humidifier.
So, do you let your humidifier run all night?
Did you notice some benefits of it?
And, did something go wrong when your humidifier worked all night?