Losing sleep? A humidifier can help common sleep problems

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If you're feeling tired, a humidifier may be the answer to your fatigue. Poor sleep can lead to a whole...

If you're feeling tired, a humidifier may be the answer to your fatigue. Poor sleep can lead to a whole host of other health problems, so it's important to stop any disturbances that are preventing you from getting a full night of rest. Humidity can help remedy many common issues that cause sleep loss.

Allergies
While controlling humidity levels in your home won't cure your allergies, it can go a long way to reducing the allergy symptoms that are keeping you up at night. It can be hard to sleep when you are suffering from congestion and dry sinuses. A humidifier will add moisture to the air you breathe, which will prevent your sinuses from becoming dry and uncomfortable overnight. When it comes to allergies, however, too much humidity can be a bad thing and can actually make your symptoms worse. So it's important to maintain a controlled humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. Consider buying a humidifier that comes equipped with a humidity gauge, or you can buy a separate unit to check both the humidity and temperature in your bedroom.

Snoring
Snoring is one of the most common sleep problems and, besides being a nuisance, can cause serious sleep disruption. Snoring has many causes, one of which can be congestion and dry throat or nasal passages. Adding moisture to the air can help reduce dryness and in turn minimize your snoring. If increasing humidity doesn't help, or if your snoring continues, you should discuss your symptoms with your Atlanta-area doctor to determine if your snoring is caused by a more serious problem like sleep apnea, which may require further treatment.

Dry skin
Itchy, dry skin is not only irritating, but it can make it difficult to get comfortable when trying to fall asleep at night. If you are spending more time scratching than sleeping, you may want to consider adding some humidity to your bedroom. Cold outdoor temperatures can have you cranking up your furnace, which can lead to dry air indoors, leaving your skin dry as well. A humidifier can help combat the dry air and keep your home, and your skin, comfortable so you can catch up on your sleep.

Proper maintenance and care is key to using a humidifier to improve your sleep and thus improve dark circles under your eyes. Be sure to clean and check your machine regularly to avoid dirty humid air. Not taking care of your humidifier properly could actually make your symptoms worse and, in some cases, make you sick.

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