Whether you leave your heating on all night of have it turn on automatically a few hours before waking. It could be affecting your health. A recent study revealed that 1/3 of the U.K sleep with the heating on all night, while 2/3 of us have it automatically switch on before waking. So, Is Sleeping With The Heating On Bad For Your Health? Here's everything you need to know.
INCREASED RISK OF ILLNESS
Bacteria thrives in hot, dry climates. Central heating not only heats the room it also reduces to moisture in the air. Making it an ideal place for bacteria to breed. It's advisable to dust around and behind heaters every once in a while since dust and allergens can build up and get disrupted into the air when the heaters are on.
Generally, after falling asleep with the heating on you will wake up with a headache and dry sinuses. This is because the air becomes incredibly dry and overheating causes us to sweat. Excess sweating whilst sleeping will cause us to become dehydrated at a rapid rate.
Overheating whilst asleep is the most common cause of waking up in the night. If you find yourself having disrupted sleep regularly, it might be your bedroom temperature. Disrupted sleep can cause the body to stop functioning as normal and weaken the immune system. Over time this can make you more susceptible to picking up illnesses.
TIPS FOR SLEEPING BETTER IN WINTER
It's not advisable to sleep with the central heating on all night, but if for any reason you must, make sure the room you sleep is well ventilated. You can do this by opening any vents or alternatively, crack a window. While this may seem counter productive, it's important to keep proper ventilation to avoid illness.
If you prefer to have the heating turn on automatically before you wake up. Try turning your bedroom heater on to a low setting or completely off. This will allow the rest of the house to heat up around you without causing you to overheat.
To avoid dehydration from using central heating, try and drink a glass of water before heading to sleep. This will help maintain moisture levels in the body whilst sleeping.
If you want to keep warm without using the central heating at night, consider investing in a higher togged winter duvet. This a great solution to keeping warm without increasing the risk of illness in winter from heating.