6 health issues caused by sleeping with the AC on

– Ipshita Ghosh

Sleeping peacefully in an air-conditioned room on a summer night can result in health issues. Here are six possible effects of continuous AC exposure while sleeping

Dry skin and eyes

Air conditioning removes moisture from the air, creating an environment with low humidity levels. This can leave the skin parched and make the eyes feel dry and gritty.

Respiratory issues

Sleeping in an air-conditioned space blocks the flow of fresh air and allows the accumulation of dust and other allergens. These can cause breathing issues and exacerbate asthma symptoms.

Dry cough

The dry air from an AC can irritate the respiratory tract, leading to a persistent dry cough. Throat irritation and hoarseness may also be seen.

Ear infections or blocks

Direct exposure to cold air from AC vents can affect the ears, leading to discomfort or even pain. The sudden change in temperature can cause the Eustachian tubes to constrict or become blocked.


Sleeping in a cold and dry space may impact sleep quality, causing people to feel fatigued or unwell in general. Poor sleep quality can lead to grogginess and tiredness, even after a full night’s rest.

Disrupting core body temperature

Sleeping with AC on can cool your body, disrupting its natural temperature regulation mechanisms. Adjust the temperature between 20-25°C and let the room be cooled for a couple of hours only.

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