Humidifiers can be a great addition to your bedroom, providing a range of benefits for both adults and children. Not only can they help you fall asleep faster, but they can also help relieve itching and throat irritation, improve sleep quality, and even help maintain the health of your home. When trying to fall asleep, maintaining the optimal humidity level can increase overall comfort. A humidifier creates a “white noise” effect while operating during the night, which has been shown to help people calm down and fall asleep.
Nighttime humidification will also prevent skin from drying out and cracking, as well as soothe unproductive coughs or throat irritation. Humidifiers can also be beneficial for your home. Any indoor plants that love moisture can become more vibrant, and wooden floors or furniture can last longer. Moisture can also help prevent wallpaper from cracking and static electricity from accumulating.
If you have dry skin, dry and chapped lips, or even a cough and irritating cough, you should definitely consider using a humidifier overnight. However, too much moisture in your home can lead to the development of mold or bacteria on walls, curtains, or anything in the direct line of humidifier vapor. Using a standalone humidifier, one that is not directly connected to the CPAP machine, not only improves air quality but also ensures that the CPAP treatment works more efficiently. When the humidifier device emits steam, the mineral deposits that remain on the surfaces create a thin white coating that looks like a white powder.
The humidifier is quite quiet; the low hum you hear is the only noise this humidifier makes. People are more likely to benefit from a humidifier in the cold months, when cold air dries out the lungs, nose and lips. If you're having trouble with a cold or congestion, having a humidifier in your room may also ease you a bit. Some machines already come with a built-in humidifier, but they can be ineffective and often harbor bacteria and viruses.
Other risks associated with using a humidifier include steam burns caused by units that use heat and mold growth, where moisture accumulates on walls and ceilings. The first risk is the possible appearance of “white dust” when using tap water in a humidifier device that requires distilled water. If you want to get the same benefits as a small humidifier in the bedroom throughout the house, consider adding a humidifier for the whole house.