The UK weather is getting lower and lower.
Often when temperatures start to dip, it's common for people to switch the heating on. But despite this, many Brits are probably doing it too early.
Now when it comes to sleep, it's understandable to want to feel nice and cosy at night. So should you whack the radiator on while you sleep?
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It might come as a surprise to you but several sleep experts and scientists believe you should never snooze with your heating on. Here are seven reasons why…
1. Dry skin and eyes
You could get dry skin when sleeping with the heating on. According to experts at Winston Beds, the warm air could remove natural oils from the skin which could make you feel dry and itchy.
It can also be an issue for your eyes too. Dr Elizabeth Hawkes told Woman and Home: "If you're indoors, central heating can be extremely drying to the eyes because heating in the air evaporates the water in it, creating a dry atmosphere."
2. Breathing difficulties
Central heating can even dry out the air in your bedroom. This could cause you to get dry throats and nasty coughs.
3. Too much sweat
When the temperature is too warm, it can make you sweaty which isn't always pleasant to wake up to.
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4. Swollen feet
Your feet tend to swell when your body is trying to cool down. Swollen feet in the morning could mean your bedroom is too hot.
5. Bugs love high temperatures
Bugs like fleas, flies and bedbugs thrive in warm environments so it's not always ideal to leave the heating on when you sleep.
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6. Mouldy walls
Having the heating on for too long could lead to warmer air becoming trapped with little extra moisture. This could also cause window condensation and mould.
7. Not great for energy bills
Having the heating on while you sleep obviously isn't going to be great for your energy bills. Why not opt for fluffy socks, a hot water bottle or heated blanket instead?
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