Better Indoor Air Quality Leads To Better Sleep
By Nikeanne Aquino
Understanding how the air in your bedroom affects the quality of your sleep can help you have healthier and more relaxing nights. The way you breathe and what you breathe affects how your body rests, heals, and detoxifies. Maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ) is the key to better sleep and health.
Allergens such as dust, pollen, and pet dander can interrupt the breathing needed for deep restorative sleep. In addition, they are asthma triggers which can make getting a good night’s sleep difficult. Inhaling this polluted air while sleeping can also affect the central nervous system, which controls breathing and sleep patterns. All things that increase the risk of unhealthy sleep patterns.
A recent study examined carbon dioxide levels in home bedrooms and whether improved ventilation could help occupants sleep better. The researchers found that the sleep quality of the subjects improved significantly when air flowed through the room and it was properly ventilated. Increasing the cleanliness of the air in the bedroom could improve sleep quality and performance the next day. Given these findings, it is reasonable to assume that performance would be better the next day if sleep were better.
Even if you do not see any obvious health effects now, it is important to regularly check your indoor air quality to prevent future damage. The air you breathe in your sleep is extremely important for the quality of your sleep and cannot be underestimated.