According to the CDC, an average adult between the ages of 18 and 60-years-old needs 7 hours per night.
While some may function at full capacity with 5 hours of sleep per night and others need closer to 10 hours, the quality of your sleep is a crucial factor. A good, restful night’s sleep provides ample benefits to your overall health and well-being.
Humidity levels play a noticeable role in the quality of your sleep. Optimal home humidity levels sit between 40% and 60% based on personal preference. When humidity levels drop below 40%, the quality of your sleep can be affected.
Humidity levels below 40% can cause dry or itchy skin, trigger allergy or asthma symptoms, itchy eyes, scratchy or dry throat, congestion, and more. Placing a humidifier in your bedroom can help you avoid the negative symptoms of low humidity and improve your nightly snooze.
What Are the Benefits of Sleeping with a Humidifier?
Sleeping with a humidifier in your room can provide a multitude of benefits for the overall quality of your sleep. In particular, raising RH to the optimal levels while you sleep can improve snoring and increase comfort for those who suffer from sleep apnea.
Benefits of Humidifier for Snoring
Upwards of 45% of adults experience occasional snoring. That is nearly half of the adult population! Snoring is a very common problem ranging in severity from light vibrations to loud, disruptive sounds.
Snoring is often caused by a restriction of the airways, which results from the relaxation of facial and throat muscles while you sleep. Increasing the humidity levels in your bedroom while you sleep can help to reduce inflammation in the throat and nasal passage and soothe irritated airways.
Benefits of Humidifier for Sleep Apnea
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, the most common complaints from sleep apnea sufferers using a CPAP machine are:
- That the CPAP machine leads to dry mouth
- That the CPAP machine causes a stuffy nose, which impairs breathing
- That the CPAP machine causes a burning in the nasal passage that interferes with the quality of sleep
A CPAP machine works by drawing in air from the environment and delivering that air directly into the nasal passages (and the mouth if you use a full face mask). If your home humidity levels are lower than 40%, the air drawn into your CPAP machine has low moisture content. Low moisture content can cause dry mouth, stuffy nose and congestion, and a burning in your nasal passage as listed above.
These complaints are easily mitigated by the use of a humidifier. Increase relative humidity (RH) in your home, and you can improve the moisture content of the air delivered through your CPAP machine.
What Are the Risks of Sleeping with a Humidifier?
The health benefits of sleeping with a humidifier far outweigh the potential risks. There are two completely preventable risks of sleeping with a humidifier.
The first risk is the potential development of “white dust” by using tap water in a humidifier device that requires distilled water. The second risk is the potential for excess humidity in your home, which can occur if RH levels are not properly monitored.
“White dust” is a build-up of microscopic minerals that can build up in your humidifier from the use of tap or unfiltered water. When mist is emitted from your humidifier device, the mineral deposits left behind on surfaces create a thin, white layer that looks like a white dust.
Most humidifiers require the use of distilled or filtered water to operate efficiently. Be sure to read your device manual before adding water to the water tank to avoid any issues.
Canopy humidifiers have two layers of protection against the build-up of minerals or bacteria in the water tank. UV lights embedded in the device tank kill 99.9% of bacteria in the water while the wood pulp paper filter kills any remaining bacteria. The result: you can use tap, distilled, or filtered water in your Canopy device! Less fuss, more results.
Running your humidifier every night can provide exceptional benefits for your body while you sleep.
It is imperative to monitor the humidity levels in your home, however, to ensure that humidity levels remain within the optimal levels. If the RH of your home exceeds 60%, you may start to feel physically uncomfortable. With excess humidity in your home, you also run the risk of developing mold or bacteria on your walls, curtains, or any item in the direct line of the humidifier mist.
You can measure humidity levels of your home by using a hygrometer. If the hygrometer reads 50% or higher, it is best to avoid using your humidifier. If humidity levels get too high, you may need to use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in the air.
How Close Should a Humidifier Be to Your Bed?
An ultrasonic (or misting) humidifier should be placed no closer than 3 feet from your bed. Placing an ultrasonic humidifier too close to your bed can cause the mist from your humidifier to dampen your sheets, pillows, or comforter. Over time, this may cause mold or mildew to develop, which can be harmful to your health.
Depending on your preferences, the gentle white noise from a humidifier can help with sleep.
Canopy humidifiers are designed to be placed in any room, as close to your bed as you so desire. Due to Canopy’s no-mist technology, you can place your humidifier merely inches from your bed without fear of water damage. Canopy’s fan generates a gentle white when on the high setting.
Additional Health Benefits
Adding a humidifier to your home appliance arsenal is a great move for your health and wellness. In addition to improving the overall quality of your sleep, regularly using a humidifier in your home can provide the following benefits:
- Improve dry, itchy or flaky skin
- Improve dry and flaky scalp
- Heal severely dry or cracked lips
- Restore the skin barrier
- Reduce the signs of aging including fine lines, crows feet, and wrinkles
- Clear congestion
- Improve sinuses
- Reduce irritation suffered from dry and itchy throat
- Improve common cold symptoms
- Reduce the survival rate of airborne viruses
- Improve breathing in babies
- Improve dry, itchy skin in babies
- Help indoor plants to thrive