Sleeping with Space Heaters: Good or Bad?

Nothing beats snuggling up in your razai with the room heater turned on during the winter months. However, specialists warn that leaving your heaters on all night can cause not only sleepless nights, dry skin, and allergies, but can also be lethal. That’s right, you read that correctly. We conducted some research to learn more about the dangers of sleeping with the heating on.

  1. It can suppress your immune system.
    Bacteria have a better chance of surviving in dry air. As a result, the conditions established by leaving the heater on can create an atmosphere conducive to the growth of bacteria. In reality, during the winter, when the air in our rooms is significantly drier, we are more likely to get sick and develop the flu.

2. It can dry out your skin.
Due to a lack of moisture, sleeping with the heater on all night might cause our skin to dry up. Your skin may become easily irritated, flaky, and itchy as a result of this. People who keep the heater close to their bodies are at the greatest risk of developing dry skin and the other symptoms listed above.

3. It can disturb sleep quality.
Our bodies undergo a tiny drop in core temperature in the evening when they send heat out from the core, signaling to the body that it’s time to go to bed. When your room temperature is too hot, though, your body’s thermoregulation process is hampered, and you may experience exhaustion, discomfort, and restlessness.

The amount of time spent in NREM sleep can be reduced if the environment is too hot. This will not only make you groggy the next day, but it will also have an impact on your physical recovery, memory consolidation, learning, and other activities. That’s why, rather than turning on the heater, adding another blanket would be a better option, as you can quickly remove one layer if you get too hot.

4. It can affect male fertility.
Long-term heat exposure could be a significant role in male infertility. The good news is that the harmful effects that heat can have can be reversed. As a result, it’s never too late to switch off the heat and sleep in a cooler room.

5. It can trigger chest pain and heart problems.
Room heaters (obviously) produce a lot of heat, which raises the carbon monoxide level in the room. This is why leaving it on for an extended period of time is not suggested, as the heat will boost CO levels above safe limits, which can be damaging to human health.

The impact of leaving a room heater on for an extended period of time can cause chest pain and other heart problems. People with cardiac conditions and asthmatics should be especially cautious in this scenario, since they are particularly vulnerable.

6. Babies don’t like heated rooms either.
Babies’ skin dries up far faster than adults’, making them more vulnerable to hot environments. In addition, in a room with hot air, the mucus in the nose, which is responsible for trapping bacteria, quickly dries up. Our immune system is weakened and more susceptible to infection when mucus dries up. While our immune systems are capable of handling this, babies’ immune systems are not, and they become even more vulnerable to illnesses.

7. It can make the air in your room toxic.
Prolonged periods of extreme heat can significantly damage the quality of indoor air if your room is not properly ventilated (which is difficult to maintain while you are sleeping). This can have long-term health effects, including respiratory disorders like asthma, allergy triggers, and the development of other serious diseases.

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