Singers - Get Your Home Temperature Just Right

Have you ever noticed how sometimes you just can’t win when it comes to temperature? Either you’re too hot, too cold or just generally uncomfortable when you’re relying on household or work heating systems. The same is true for many household air conditioning systems. Well, let us remind you that although we aren’t doctors, we can speak as experienced vocalists and remind you that sometimes it may be best to bulk up in a hoodie rather than turning that dial-up. Let’s investigate.

Virginia Ear Nose & Throat specialists share their results with “In general, voice hoarseness is more common in winter because we tend to spend more time indoors.  Low humidity and increased heat decreases the fluidity of mucus and dehydrates the vocal chords. This can easily create hoarseness in your voice. Post-nasal drainage due to upper respiratory infection can also cause hoarseness. Overuse of the voice, such as singing or shouting at a sporting event, can also tax the vocal chords.”

Sleeping in a dry room is particularly hard on the voice.  How many of us wake up parched and croaky?When sleeping, we spend a number of hours breathing through our mouths and not drinking water.In winter you have already dry winter air, that has been further cooked in your heater, and now you have a real problem for your vocal cords.

John Henny gives us some of his very own tried and true tips that he’s discovered throughout his musical adventures.”Sleeping in a dry room is particularly hard on the voice.  How many of us wake up parched and croaky?When sleeping, we spend a number of hours breathing through our mouths and not drinking water.In winter you have already dry winter air, that has been further cooked in your heater, and now you have a real problem for your vocal cords.” Enter the NEBULIZER! Johnny states “This is definitely one of the most effective tools I have found lately.  A number of my high-profile clients have been taking a nebulizer on tour in order to keep their cords moist and healthy. What is this nebulizer? It is a device that turns liquids into a very fine mist. A mesh nebulizer has a mesh with thousands of laser drilled holes that the liquid is pushed through, turning it into tiny, breathable droplets.The key is to put sterilized saline solution into the nebulizer and breathe the mist. This puts moisture directly onto your vocal cords.Saline solution was found by researchers to be much more effective in staying on the vocal cords than just water.”

There are so many methods that can keep you in a healthy defense to the temperature of your environment. If you live somewhere particularly snowy, then you’re oftentimes moving around from location to location throughout your week, with varying temperatures that your body is forced to adjust to. 

We highly recommend seriously focusing on your water intake, as this will be a direct line of defense. Let us remind you that water never actually hits the vocal cords when you’re swallowing it. A funny concept that we typically overlook! On top of your water, it’s important to keep up with your regular health methods as well - such as getting proper sleep, eating well, keeping as stress free as possible and sanitizing particularly well during flu season. In theory, maintaining all the previous will build up a stronger immune system that will be there to defend you.

Now, back to the temperature. We don’t suggest freezing your winter away, it’s just that you should have a healthy balance when it comes to blasting your heat, minimizing the level of dryness that your voice will soon be forced to succumb to. Bundle up with an extra cozy hoodie and blanket on your lap, generating your own body heat would dry out your voice like heat being pumped into your room.