Indoor Air Quality’s Affect on Sleep

There are many factors that contribute to a good or bad night of sleep, however we often ignore a very important and invisible factor: indoor air quality.

Man who does not get enough sleep

Comfy pillows? Check. Soft sheets? Double check. Clean, filtered air? Wait, what?

When laying out the coziness of your bedroom, what essentials do you need to get a perfect night of sleep? We spend a lot of time focusing on color, thread count, and feng shui, yet tend to ignore the invisible disrupter of our sleep: the indoor air quality.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, anyone over the age of 15 spends 8.5 hours working and 7.7 hours sleeping. If you are limited in how you can improve the quality of air at work or school, at least focus on creating a beautiful place of healthy breathing in the second place you spend the most time.

“Air pollution has long been known to have a negative effect on health,” says researcher Antonella Zanobetti, PhD, a senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. “With this study, we found air pollution also increases the risk of poor sleep.”

The study Dr. Zanobetti refers to found that indoor air pollution increased the risk of Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB). An abnormality of the respiratory system, SDB disrupts sleep and reduces the brain’s neurocognitive performance. Speech, creative thinking, and judgment are just a few of the ways our brain deteriorates as we are deprived of quality sleep.

But what, specifically, causes respiratory distress?

  • Environmental irritants like mold and dust
  • The condition of the air (dry air or overly humidified air)
  • Use of cleaning products and air-fresheners lingering in the air
  • Exposure to combustion sources like oil, gas, wood, and tobacco products

Knowing these elements play a part in respiratory upset, in an effort to provide your family with the healthiest sleep environment possible, why not add allergen-free air to your home along with fluffy pillows and snappy sheets? Ridding the air of the elements that disturb our sleep can also change the number of colds, sore throats, and asthma symptoms – boosting your family’s overall health and well-being. Forget the benefits of a mere 40 winks. With washed air and regulated humidity, your family will not only be well rested – you’ll be energetic and downright unstoppable.