Traditionally, when people think of a good night’s sleep, they consider factors such as comfort, temperature, and time. Another way to have a productive sleep cycle is to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ). The IAQ of your home has the potential to affect the respiratory health, allergy symptoms, and sleep of yourself and your family. For this month’s blog, we are diving further into the concept of IAQ and how it can be affecting your sleep each night. There are also many ways you can begin to improve the IAQ of your home immediately! With our indoor Activa paint, you can get back to sleeping productivity.
When your body’s respiratory system isn’t working correctly due to bad IAQ, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep. Dr. Billings, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, stated, “It seemed likely that air pollution was detrimental to sleep, given that air pollution causes upper airway irritation, swelling and congestion, and may also affect the parts of the brain and central nervous system that control breathing patterns and sleep.” Understanding the harm that IAQ can cause is the first step to correcting the issue. Check out these great tips for combatting different types of indoor air pollution.
High CO2 Levels
When it comes to IAQ, CO2 is a great indicator for the amount of pollution in the air. When individuals leave their windows and doors shut, CO2 levels can begin to exceed 2,500-3,000 ppm. This amount of CO2 is typical for a closed off bedroom and is three – four times the recommended level for breathing. Many studies have shown that exceedingly high levels of CO2 can negatively affect one’s REM sleep. There are many ways you can begin to combat these high CO2 levels in your home.
The first step is extremely simple, just air out your room before bed! Allowing fresh air from outside to come into your bedroom at night will allow CO2 to escape and get replaced with less toxic air. Another step to cleaning the air in your bedroom is using an at-home purification system, like Activa. Our paint can do the job perfectly! Our revolutionary self-cleaning paint uses the scientific process of photocatalysis to keep surfaces clean, as well as combating pollution and CO2 levels in your bedroom, resulting in a better night’s sleep.
Indoor & Outdoor Allergies
Various allergens, such as dust, pollen, and pet hair, can have a drastic effect on the quality of your sleep. When these allergens aren’t removed from the area, it can begin to cause respiratory issues such as runny nose, wheezing, and coughing. These side effects of allergies will begin to have an overall negative effect on the quality of your sleep. Those individuals with asthma or other previous respiratory illnesses are extremely susceptible to the negative effects of allergens while sleeping. The best way to combat these summertime allergens is to simply clean! Removing the organic compounds by removing dust, cleaning bedding, and disinfecting surfaces will help keep allergens from floating around your room, ultimately helping you sleep better.
Overall, your home’s indoor air quality is extremely important to the overall health and quality of sleep for you and your family. When your bedroom or house is experiencing poor IAQ, it can lead to a variety of respiratory and long-term health issues, all of which negatively affect the quality of your sleep. With the quality of your sleep being one of the driving forces in your day, why wouldn’t you strive to improve it? Remember, taking the first step to improving your indoor air quality and sleep can be extremely easy, especially with our self-cleaning paint, Activa! Check it out and start improving your sleep and indoor air quality.