NEWS DESK: It is touching 40 degree Celsius out there and sleeping without an air-conditioner (AC) is out of question. We stay in air-conditioned offices all day and we stay in well air-conditioned rooms all night. The perpetual staying inside such cold temperatures may be relieving you of your sweat-fits but is sure not healthy. Here we take a look at what happens when you sleep in an air-conditioned room all night.
When you sleep inside rooms that are closed and air-conditioned, three things happen primarily:
- No cross-ventilation and lack of fresh air: When our rooms are air conditioned, we shut the doors so that the air inside remains cool. We close the windows and every possible source of air to restrict fresh air from outside because we don’t want the room to get warmer below our liking.
- Too cold temperature: Many-a-times, when we are sleeping, the temperature of our surroundings gets below our body’s liking. If we are awake, we can turn the AC off but because we are sleeping, we are not able to react to it.
- Dryness : Air conditioners absorb all the moisture that’s present in the air, or for that matter, even from our bodies.
These three consequences of an air-conditioned room have the following three repercussions on our bodies:
- Lack of fresh air can leave one with a sense of perpetual fatigue. If you are one of those who also don’t leave their air-conditioned surroundings during the day, your condition can get severe and may lead you to develop a condition known as ‘sick building syndrome’. It refers to a state of constant fatigue and tiredness.
- Also, if the ducts of your AC are not cleaned from time to time (chances are they are not), you may even encounter breathing difficulties. This is because your AC will become the breeding ground for pathogens like fungi, bacteria and moulds.
- Low temperature can lead to muscle contractions, headaches and backaches. When your body stays in temperatures that are below its liking, it develops pain in the joints and muscles, which may become rheumatic over a period of time. If the situation gets severe, such pains can develop into arthritis.
- Because AC, without being biased, pulls out all the moisture from your surroundings, it can also pull out good moisture from your skin, leaving it flaky and stretched. As a result of lack of moisture, your skin also begins to lose its elasticity, becoming prone to creases and wrinkles. This, in turn, fastens ageing. It also makes the skin prone to other skin disorders. Also, it can pull out moisture from your eyes making them get red or leading to a blurry vision.
The concept of ‘sard-garam’ (thermoregulation)
Another blunder that one often does is stepping out from an air-conditioned surrounding into a blazing, hot environment. This habit is extremely damaging to your body because your bodies are not able to as quickly adapt to the change of temperature because of its thermoregulation properties. This can further the sense of fatigue that AC develops and can even damage your skin in the process.
This article originally appeared on the Times of India website.
Story first published: 17th July 2017