The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five leading factors affecting respiratory health in the country. Millions of Americans suffer from breathing disorders that can affect their ability to get a good night’s sleep.
Many people who have allergies do not even realize that their allergy symptoms are affecting their health while they are sleeping but they are likely going to bed with watery and itchy eyes, a runny nose, or a sore throat which affect the ability to get a restful sleep. Major allergens include pet dander, dust, mold, and VOCs that can be found in hairsprays, paints, cleaning products, etc. Long term exposure and breathing in these contaminants can cause chronic headaches, dizziness, skin irritation, and asthma. The symptoms cause you to toss and turn throughout the night, or cause you to be unable to fall asleep at your regular bedtime.
Although, many people who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware that they are experiencing the symptoms, the health affects of this disorder may be more recognizable, as it can have serious effects on the body and sleeping habits. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes breathing to be disrupted while sleeping. The disruption can deprive the brain, and the rest of the body, from getting the oxygen that it needs. Evidence shows that air quality can be linked to sleep apnea so improving the air quality, and maintaining fresh, clean air in your bedroom is important. However, sleep apnea is also linked to obesity, smoking, and it can be hereditary. There is medical treatment available for those who suffer from sleep apnea.
Long Term Effects
It is recommended that we get 6-8 hours of restful sleep each night. People who suffer from insomnia, and other disorders that disrupt their sleeping habits are at an increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease.
Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors.
Sleep plays a vital role in your health and well-being. Sleep deprivation has been linked to depression, obesity, and increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and more. On the other hand, healthy, restful sleep has been linked to increased cognitive function, metabolism, and over-all better physical health.