Do you find yourself not getting a good night’s sleep due to a headache, stuffy nose or irritated throat? You could blame seasonal allergies, or the occasional cold, which could well be the cause, but there might be another one to blame: air pollution.
A study was conducted at the University of Washington where 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. The greater exposure to nitrogen dioxide and small particulates known as PM 2.5s, are linked with a greater chance of having low sleep efficiency. Martha Billings, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington and co-author of the research told The Guardian UK, “Your nose, your sinuses, and the back of your throat can all be irritated by pollutants that can cause some sleep disruption as well as breathing issues. 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.”
So what can you do to keep air pollution from affecting your blissful slumber at night?
Close Those Windows!
Don’t invite the bad air into your home by opening the windows. As tempting as it may be to have “fresh air” breeze throughout your home, that “fresh air” can also come with pollution!
Check Your HVAC’s Air Filter Regularly
Be sure to check your HVAC’s air filters one a month, and if they’re dirty, replace them. The best type of filter to buy to combat air pollution is a HEPA filter. HEPA filters trap harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust, smoke, and other air partculates, and helps remove them from the air.
Invest In A High Quality Air Purifier
Hire an air purifier to work while you sleep! An air purifier can clean the air so you can get your beauty rest! Our top pick is the Lux Guardian Air by Aerus. A special filter captures 99.97% of the tiniest particles as small as 0.1 microns, including pollen, smoke, dust mites, mold spores and pet dander. Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) uses the combination of UV light and titanium dioxide to control contaminants. The air is purified with virtually no noise – in fact it’s one of the quietest motors on the market today!