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Improving the Air Quality in your Home

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Improving the Air Quality in your Home

By Sarah Murphy

Improving the air quality in your home is a great way to enhance the quantity and quality of your sleep. Our tolerance for triggering irritants, such as dust, pollen, animal dander, and dust mites, is much lower when we are sleeping at night. Even if you do not believe you have allergies, irritants still can inflame your nasal passages and make it difficult to breathe at night. 

You can take several steps to improve air quality, reduce allergy and respiratory problems, and thus enhance your sleep.

 

1.  NO SMOKING

  • Any type of smoke in the house is an air quality killer. Not only does it act as a stimulant (which reduces opportunities for deep sleep), it causes inflammation and narrowing of your airways, exacerbating sleep apnea. Even second-hand smoke has extremely harmful effects on your sleep.

 

2.  Ventilate 

  • Circulating the air and increasing the flow of fresh air reduces the build-up of impurities. 

 

3.  Air Purification

  • Another very effective method of reducing indoor air pollution is purchasing an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Air filters are extremely effective in removing even the smallest of airborne particles.

 

4.  Washing Up

  • Allergens, especially dust mites, tend to gather on soft surfaces like bedding, sofas, and other fabrics
  • Regularly washing bedding (especially sheets) in hot water kills dust mites.
  • Vacuuming removes allergens in both carpeting and other surfaces around your home.
  • Use a damp cloth to dust; dry cloths to dust only push the dust particles back into the air.

 

5.  Humidity Control

  • Controlling the relative humidity level in a home minimizes the growth of some sources of bacteria. The EPA recommends a relative humidity of 30-50 percent for homes. 

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