New Year’s resolutions often have to do with improving health. People resolve to eat better, exercise more, and lose weight. Getting a good night’s sleep is an essential component of health and happiness that people often neglect.
Our cold, dry winter weather can interfere with getting enough precious sleep. Dry air causes a multitude of problems in a home, from making it more difficult to stay warm to increasing the spread of illness.
Ambient Air Solutions has the solution for this common problem—the installation of a whole house humidifier. Instead of counting sheep to get some sleep, count on a whole house humidifier to help with not only sleep problems but other dry air issues as well.
The Problem With Dry Air
You might be wondering why dry air is such a big deal. Having balanced humidity levels in a home is just as essential to your comfort as the temperature on the thermostat. Many people underestimate how bothersome dry air can be and it’s an easy thing to overlook. But when you know the physical signs of dry air, it’s easy to see how problematic it is.
Dry Air and Common Ailments
It’s no coincidence that cold and flu season occurs during the cold, dry winter months. Dry air can worsen a wide range of health problems from respiratory illnesses to the common cold. That’s because a lack of humidity in the air dries out your mucous membranes.
When your mucous membranes are dry, they’re not able to trap germs effectively, leading to an increased risk for illnesses. Here’s a list of things that can be caused or worsened by dry sinuses.
- Dry nose, mouth, eyes, and throat
- Sore, scratchy throat
- Post-nasal drip
- Sinus infections
- Headaches and pain around the eyes
- Sinus pain, pressure, and infections
When the humidity in your home is balanced, it will help alleviate many of these common winter ailments that also keep us from sleeping well. When you do get sick, a whole home humidifier will help make your symptoms more manageable and contribute to a speedier recovery.
That dry air that affects your mucous membranes also affects your skin, hair, and nails. Dry, itchy skin and chapped lips can contribute to a feeling of discomfort that affects your ability to sleep. Dry air also makes the cold air in your home feel colder which makes it harder to be comfortable in your home. When you aren’t woken up by the midnight chills, you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep.
You know how hard it is to fall asleep and stay asleep when you or anyone in your home snores. But did you know that dry air contributes to snoring? Dry throats and nasal passages cause louder and more frequent snoring. Studies have even shown that people snore less when they sleep in rooms where the humidity levels are balanced. Less snoring automatically results in better sleep and better health.
There are plenty of other things keeping you awake at night. Dry air shouldn’t be one of them.