Now that you have a humidifier and use your super handy device to maintain healthy home humidity levels, you may have a few use questions like: “How long should you run a humidifier?” or “Should a humidifier run all night?”
Humidifier benefits are plentiful, and you may wonder whether or not you can enjoy these benefits while you slumber. The SparkNotes version of this question is: yes!
The Benefits of Sleeping with a Humidifier
While running a humidifier on a dry, frigid day seems like a no brainer, you may be wondering: “How long should you run a humidifier? Do you need to keep your device on all night long?”
Sleeping with a humidifier adjacent to your bed can provide a myriad of health benefits. The increased moisture content in your home air can eliminate the most common pain points of the winter season including: congestion, dry skin, winter illness, and uncomfortable sleeping conditions.
Improved Sleep Quality
When home humidity levels drop below 40%, the dry air can trigger allergy or asthma symptoms, nasal congestion, itchy skin, itchy eyes, dry or scratchy throat, and more. While these symptoms are frustrating during the waking hours, they can become unbearable as you try to catch some shut eye.
Placing a humidifier in your bedroom, especially during the winter months, can dramatically improve sleep quality. The increased moisture will provide a comfortable sleeping atmosphere, which will prevent congestion, dry or itchy skin, scratchy throat, and more.
Improve Skin Health
So, ideally how long should you run a humidifier? As long as you need to hydrate your thirsty winter skin!
Dry air accelerates the evaporation of water from the surface of your skin in a process called Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL). When your skin loses moisture faster than it can be replaced, it becomes dry and flaky. In severe cases of skin dehydration, you may experience cracking or bleeding.
A humidifier will help to reduce TEWL by keeping sufficient moisture in your home air. The increased moisture content will keep your skin hydrated and glowy despite dry environmental conditions. The result: dewy skin all year long.
Reduce Your Chances of Getting Sick
Bacteria and viruses thrive in a dry environment. When humidity levels in your home drop below 40%, your risk of contracting a bacterial or viral infection increases exponentially. According to a 2020 study conducted by the Annual Review of Virology, low humidity levels increase the survival rate and trajectory of airborne viruses, impair cilia function, and weaken the body’s immune response to foreign invaders.
Regulating humidity levels in your home can reduce your chances of contracting a viral or bacterial infection.
Eliminate Morning Sinus Congestion
If you suffer from regular sinus congestion in the wee morning hours, or you get nose bleeds in the winter months, this may be a result of low humidity levels in your home.
When humidity levels drop below 40%, your body lacks sufficient moisture to maintain healthy lubrication in your sinus passages. The low humidity levels cause the small hairlike structures called cilia that line your nasal passage to dry out. When cilia dry, it can trap mucus in your nasal cavity, which causes uncomfortable congestion and regular nose bleeds.
Maintaining optimal humidity levels throughout the night helps to lubricate your nasal passage, which allows proper flow of mucus and prevents nosebleeds from severe dehydration.
Should a Humidifier Run All Night?
Should a humidifier run all night? The jury says: “Yes.”
You can definitely run a humidifier all night to reap the many health and wellness benefits. As we mentioned earlier in this post, sleeping with a humidifier can improve your sleep quality, reduce your chances of contracting a cold or the flu, reduce static electricity, eliminate morning sinus congestion, and reduce the signs of aging.
How long should you run a humidifier at night for maximum benefit? There is no one size fits all answer to this question. How long you should run a humidifier at night depends on the humidity levels in your home. If you regularly run central heating in the winter or the AC unit in the summer months, your home could use more humidity, especially throughout the night. If you live in a tropical area or your home tends to run more humid, you may only need to use your humidifier for a few hours to prevent excess humidity.
Humidifier Safety Tips
Although running your humidifier all night is perfectly safe, there are humidifier safety tips you should regularly practice to ensure a safe home environment.
- Monitor home humidity levels. The optimal home humidity levels range from 40% to 60%. Humidity levels exceeding 60% create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which can infiltrate your home. A hygrometer is a device that monitors home humidity levels. You can use a hygrometer to monitor home humidity levels and prevent excess humidity.
- Clean your humidifier regularly. Regular humidifier maintenance is imperative. If not properly maintained, your humidifier can develop mold, bacteria, and other harmful contaminants. Review your device manual for maintenance requirements and cleaning recommendations.
- Make sure you use the right type of water in your humidifier. Check your device manual to determine the type of water required for your device’s water tank. Most humidifiers require distilled water to prevent mineral buildup in the water tank.
Canopy Humidifier is a no mist, anti-mold humidifier with built-in aroma diffusion and unique, proprietary technology that stops mold from forming in the water tank. UV lights embedded in the water tank kill 99.9% of bacteria and mold while a disposable paper filter kills the remaining 0.1% of bacteria; these anti-mold features make Canopy Humidifier compatible with any water type.
Canopy is also incredibly easy to clean. Simply place your Canopy components in the dishwasher on a normal cycle and continue the day’s activities. Plus, Canopy is a no mist, no mess humidifier meaning no sitting water on your countertop and no mildewed curtains, bedding, carpeting, and more.
Canopy is your new way to humidify.