Air Pollution

How air pollution may be disrupting your sleep

How air pollution may be disrupting your sleep

As public discourse surrounding climate change has become prominent once again it seems only right that this week’s blog focuses on this ‘hot’ topic. Climate change is not only affecting the plant but is also affecting our ability to get a good night’s sleep. The sleepless nights caused by air pollution may shorten your life expectancy and put you at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes. 

So, if you are not sleeping but cannot seem to work out what the problem is, it might be the air quality in the area where you live. The following are the different ways in which air pollution can impact our sleep. 

The 7 main symptoms of poor air quality which affect your sleep

The following are associated with air pollution:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Dry throat
  3. Headache
  4. Nausea
  5. Coughing
  6. Wheezing 
  7. Chest pain

If you experience these symptoms at night, they can seriously interrupt your sleep. 

Reduces quality of sleep

Studies suggest that if you live in an area with poor air quality, you are 60% more likely to have sleep problems. 

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to get to sleep for long periods, it is probably that this is a result of the quality of air you have been exposed to throughout the day. 

Aggravates asthma

There are certain pollutants that are associated with an increased risk of uncontrolled asthma, which tends to flare up at night. This can cause breathlessness, coughing and wheezing which make sleeping impossible.

Increases the risk of obstructive sleep apnoea

Research has linked air pollution with sleep-disordered breathing. Data also indicates that those who have been exposed to certain pollutants for extended periods of time have an increased risk of suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). 

OSA is a disorder which stops you breathing as you sleep. Specifically, it makes the walls of your throat contract and block your airways for 10 seconds or more. If this condition is not managed it may increase your risk of having a stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure. 

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