Trouble Sleeping? Air Pollution Could Be the Culprit

Posted on December 27 2018

Trouble Sleeping? Air Pollution Could Be the Culprit

The air pollution around you could affect how well you sleep, a new study finds.

Researchers found that people in the study who lived in areas with high levels of air pollution were 60 percent more likely to sleep poorly, based on the measures used in the study, than those who lived in areas with cleaner air.

Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked with a range of health problems, the study said.

"Not having enough sleep and having low quality sleep affects people's performance, increases the risk of vehicle accidents, lowers mood," said Dr. Martha E. Billings, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington.

“Over time, there is a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer in people who are not getting adequate sleep, so there is a lot of implications as well as general well-being and the quality of life," Billings said.

Details of the study done in the US can be seen here.

The results are logical. In any nation we can co-relate it with the steep rise in a range of health issues across every age group and socio economic profile.

Simple steps to improve indoor air quality in your bedroom -

  • Ensure that the bedroom room is properly and regularly cleaned
  • The room must be well ventilated
  • Clean mattress and pillows regularly to remove dust mites
  • No smoking
  • Avoid chemical fragrances
  • Carpets are a toxic sponge. Clean them often. Especially the part of the carpeting near the entry of the house. According to an EPA study, if you use a doormat and take shoes off at the door - common toxins are reduced by about 60%
  • Use Himalayan Salt Lamp. It will create a soothing ambience while helping to purify the air
  • Plants add to the green quotient and help cleanse the air
  • Activated charcoal bags in the bedroom help to improve the air quality.

These steps implemented daily will help improve your quality of sleep. You will wake up feeling fresher and healthier.

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