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Reviewed by Donna Schwontkowski, DC, MS
There are many products to help lure you to sleep but sometimes the most obvious ones get overlooked and sleeping fans are a prime example. A cool breeze and the gentle hum from the motor of a sleeping fan can soothe you to sleep in a way pills and sprays can't. In this article, you'll get a better understanding of sleeping fans, how they can help you, then wrap-up the discussion with an overview of the best fan for sleeping available today.
BedJet V2 Climate Comfort for Beds
Bed Fan with Wireless Remote
Lasko 2511 36-Inch Tower Fan
Honeywell HY-280 QuietSet Whole Room Tower Fan
Holmes HANF76BLZ07-UC 2 Speed Fan
A sleeping fan, also known as a bed fan, is a fan that aids sleep by circulating cool air and white noise around a bedroom. While features vary depending on individual needs, the best sleeping fan is one that induces sleep and keeps you sleeping comfortably through the night.
Why should you use a sleeping fan? There are four main reasons:
Good ventilation – A sleeping fan continually circulates air, resulting in better sleep (source). Good ventilation has even been shown to decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in nurseries by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide inhaled by babies (source).
Cool air – The optimal temperature for sleep is 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which a good sleeping fan can help maintain (source).
White noise generator – There are many studies verifying the effectiveness of white noise for aiding sleep and the soft hum of a fan can serve as the perfect source by blocking out sudden noises, like barking dogs and car alarms.
Deodorizer – Is a bad odor keeping you awake at night? A sleeping fan can help reduce or eliminate that too.
While most people tolerate sleeping fans well, problems sometimes arise:
Sinus irritations – Sleeping fans produce dry air which can irritate your sinus cavity, causing mucus build up, blockage, and intense sinus pressure. To avoid this problem, choose a fan that oscillates so that the air isn't always blown into your face. A humidifier can also help in this regard.
Dust and other allergens – Sleeping fans collect dust and other household allergens easily and since they're rarely cleaned, people with allergies or asthma pay the price. To avoid allergens blown into your face, simply dust the fan regularly.
There are many fans for sleep available with various features to consider, such as these:
Oscillation – Like a swinging pendulum, some fans swing back and forth to circulate the air in a room even more than a non-oscillating fan. Some sleeping fans even come with programmable speeds and strengths of oscillation, such as a light breeze versus constant wind. If you don't want a fan always blowing on you, an oscillating fan may be your best bet. Couples having trouble deciding where to place a fan may also appreciate this type of fan.
Remote control access – Why get up from bed every time you wish to change the direction or speed of your sleeping fan? A remote control will give you the ability to alter the pattern and speed of the fan's path as well as turn the fan on and off, all while lying in bed.
Between-the-sheets blowing – Some sleeping fans sit between the sheets or between a sheet and comforter to blow air directly on you while sleeping, keeping you even cooler than regular bedside fans. Consider this option especially if you suffer from hot flashes or night sweats.
Motor volume – The motor volume of a sleeping fan may range from loud to silent. If you're a light sleeper sensitive to all noises, a silent motor may be your best bet. But keep in mind, a louder fan can also block out sounds that may startle you out of sleep. Still, this won't be much help if you can't fall asleep to begin with. Thus, there's a fine balance between white noise and plain environmental noise.
The BedJet V2 is an innovative product free from tubes, wires, and electricity in the bed, keeping you safe while providing you comfort. The base of the fan fits perfectly under any bed with a seven-inch clearance height (also works with adjustable beds).
Temperature is customizable and an upgrade affords you the "dual zone" cooling and warming feature, allowing you to choose different temperatures for each side of the bed (perfect for couples).
With programmable biorhythm patterns and control via an app on your iOS or Android device, this sleeping fan is designed to keep you comfortable year-round and save money on your energy bill.
Unlike most sleeping fans, the Bed Fan slips right between your bed sheets to cool your body directly, which makes it perfect for those suffering from hot flashes or night sweats.
The Bed Fan adjusts to any height and can slip anywhere under the bed covers. The speed and power of the unit is controlled via a wireless remote, which can easily be slipped under a pillow or placed on a nightstand.
Built in the USA, the unit usually lasts five to six years of nightly use and is covered by a one-year manufacturer's warranty.
A traditional tower fan, the Lasko Tower Fan can also be used for sleep. Air is either set to oscillate or remain stationary with three speeds of intensity to choose from.
The unit includes a wireless remote, allowing you to control the speed and power from wherever you like. Located on the back of the fan is a remote control compartment to stow the remote when not in use.
One useful feature is the auto-off function, which activates when the fan is tipped. This comes in handy in households with young children or large dogs where the unit might get tipped over accidentally.
Another traditional, oscillating tower fan, the Honeywell QuietSet Whole Room Tower Fan has several features, one of which is seven speeds of airflow to accommodate many comfort levels.
The fan is 40 inches tall, which reaches the height of many mattresses to ensure the air blows directly on you and not on the floor under your bed.
A thermostat allows you to set the temperature for the fan to turn on, which otherwise shows the current temperature of the room. A timer can be set up to eight hours of air cooling before shutting off automatically. The unit also includes a wireless remote, allowing you to change all settings except the timer.
This space-saving fan can either be mounted on a wall or placed on a nightstand and pointed in any direction using an adjustable-tilt fan head.
It includes two fan speeds: the lower one intended for personal use and the higher one to cool an entire bedroom when tilted back.
Weighing only three pounds, the Holmes Junior Blizzard Fan is easy to take from room to room to keep you cool everywhere.
While all the sleeping fans reviewed in this article are solid products, the BedJet V2 does the job best...
While its one major downside, motor volume, may be a bit on the loud side, the low hum may actually help those who prefer sleeping with white noise in the background.
For these reasons and more, the BedJet V2 is the best fan for sleeping today.
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