Is Sleeping with a Fan Bad for Your Health?
Going through summer can be difficult without air conditioning and we are all trying to find a way to stay cool, including using a fan during the night.
Is it healthy to sleep with a fan on?
Recent studies are suggesting that sleeping with a fan on can be really dangerous. However, according to some experts, sleeping with a fan on is harmless.
Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City said: “There’s nothing about a fan that’s toxic. There’s nothing wrong with circulating air.”
Dr. Horvitz said that sweating and waking up during the night can disturb our regular sleep patterns.
Still, it’s important to understand that anything that causes a rapid air movement can evaporate moisture from the mouth and nasal passage. Also, fans can cause the circulation of dust which can be harmful especially to those with allergies.
If you are sleeping with a fan on, it is important to keep it at a distance from your bed and not to have it blowing right on you.
Cold air can cause muscle contractions and exposure to cold air can lead to waking up with a stiff neck. However, this is more of a problem with air conditioning which shouldn’t be blowing directly on you and the setting should not be lower than 76 degrees Fahrenheit or 20 degrees Celsius.
How to Solve Mental Health Crisis?
More than ever people are reporting to having a mental health issue. It seems that people experience depression and anxiety more than ever. The question from the other side is maybe the increase of mental health issues is actually an increase in reporting the issue. For a long period of time, especially 30 plus years ago, mental health was taboo and people were advised to “get over it” by their family members or friends. A support system and professionals were not as available as they are today. Most importantly, the stigma is gone and the information is more available than ever before. Of course, we have a long way to go, in certain communities, mental health is still taboo or certain mental conditions are not understood by a community as they should be.
The crisis in mental health has not only increased in the numbers of people who report dealing with mental health issues, but the number of trained psychiatrists and mental health nurses.
It is estimated that mental health represents 22.8% of the burden in the NHS in the UK, but receives only 10.8% of funding. Funding should be aimed at training mental health professionals. There is also a lack of hospital beds available due to lack of funding. Funding should be in line with the need of people in each country. Mental health should be funded properly and professionals should be available to those in need.
Healthy Sugar Subtitles
If you are on a diet or you want to take healthy dieting to the next level, you should consider some sugar substitutes. If you are completely ditching sugar from your diet, you must find a substitute for sugar that will make your life easier.
Here are some of the healthiest options to sugar: coconut sugar, applesauce, honey, monk fruit sweetener, and spices.
Coconut sugar can be used while cooking instead of regular sugar. Also, applesauce can be used when baking muffins, cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. Those are the two best replacements for sugar when cooking your favorite sweets.
Monk fruit sweetener is a great substitute for sugar since its low in carbs and it can have a bit of an aftertaste and it’s best paired with strong ingredients such as cinnamon, cocoa powder, and walnuts.
Also, spices such as cinnamon and vanilla bean can be a good substitute to regular sugar just like coconut sugar. Your taste buds will get used to these health replacements sooner as you think.
If you can’t ditch sweets, honey is your best option. Honey contains antibacterial properties and foodies and chefs around the world love to use honey for just about anything.