We have all suffered from a bad night’s sleep. Most of the time we attribute it to stress, noise or health conditions.
Did you ever experience waking up in the morning feeling completely exhausted even though you slept all night?
Have you ever considered that it could be related to a poor indoor air quality?
There is a good possibility that it is because your body had to waste a lot of energy to breathe during your sleep as the indoor air quality was highly polluted.
A study from 2010, proved that the growth in sleep problems is linked to increases in the pollution levels, especially during summer months. The most common cause of poor air quality is due to air filters. They are cheap and easy to replace.
There is a 13% higher risk of people experiencing shallow breathing or even stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds if pollution increases to higher ranges in their city.. ”This is clinically significant in terms of sleep quality,” the researchers say.
Consequences, according to the study, are that the “Inhaled particulates may migrate directly to the brain, causing the central nervous system to malfunction” or “the particles may adversely affect the upper airways”.
“We know that air quality is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease by itself,” says Hefner, who was one of the researchers. Other studies proved that sleep-disordered breathing is associated with cardiovascular disease.
This newly discovered association will need further investigation. Even so, there are precautions that can be taken for those who are aware of breathing problems during their sleep.