Waking up to a fresh snowfall is certainly one of the most picturesque moments of an Edmonton winter. However, most of us will do everything in our power to keep Jack Frost outside where he belongs. By shutting the windows and cranking up the thermostat, we create an environment of dry, stagnant air that is a prime breeding ground for respiratory infection. An ideal way to battle these dry conditions is with a humidifier.
Before you spend money on ChapStick, lotions, and eye drops try setting up a humidifier in your bedroom. A simple, natural way to quench your body’s thirst for moisture! The soft drone of the humidifier might even help you fall asleep.
Hydrated air will keep the insides of your nose and lungs moist, allowing the tiny hairs to block the dust and bacteria that cause respiratory infection. If you’re already fighting a winter cold, using a humidifier can actually speed up the healing process by improving your lungs elasticity and keeping your nasal passages lubricated.
The hydrated air created by a humidifier can help prevent your throat from drying out while sleeping, which is good news for snorers. It’s even better news for the spouses of snorers since a moist throat will help suppress the intensity of the snoring sound, allowing a better night’s sleep for everyone involved.
If you are prone to nosebleeds, they’re likely to worsen during the winter months due to dry conditions. By keeping the inside of your nose moist, you should notice a significant decrease in problems.
An effective and inexpensive way to monitor the humidity in your home is to buy a hygrometer, which you can find at most hardware stores. The optimal humidity level for your home and workplace is 35-45%
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