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Study Links Particle Pollution to Sleep-Disordered Breathing

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Scientific evidence suggests that there is a direct correlation between air quality and sleep quality. The most common form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is obstructive sleep apnea, and the primary symptoms are weak breathing and abnormal breathing interruptions during sleep. Factors contributing to the risk of SDB include age, body weight, gender as well the consumption of certain substances, including alcohol, tobacco and polluted air.

Obstructive sleep-apnea occurs because of total or partial folding of the pharyngeal airways. These episodes tend to repeat cyclically throughout the night and are only relieved via arousal. This consistent arousal results in reduced blood oxygen levels and respiratory acidosis, but since the arousal is often minor, most sufferers are unaware of the condition until informed of it by a sleeping partner.

A clinical study by the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrated that air pollution greatly increases the rate at which sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) occurs. The study was able to demonstrate that as air quality decreased, the severity of SDB symptoms increased. In fact, obstructive sleep-apnea sufferers were 13 percent more likely to experience a 10-second interruption during peak pollution periods. Although this does not prove a direct causal relationship, it does establish an undeniable association. The likely reason for the association, according to the lead researcher, Diane Gold, is that the pollution particles are affecting the central nervous system and thus worsening the symptoms. She also stated that the particles may be causing upper airway inflammation.

The American Lung Association estimates that at least 12 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea, and the majority of them are undiagnosed. The most common effects of SDB are restless sleep, daytime drowsiness and an overall lack of energy, but health concerns extend as far as total dysfunction of the autonomic nervous, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.

HEPA Air Purifiers Help with Those Sleepless Nights

The positive aspect to this information is that indoor air quality is manageable.  A HEPA filter removes 99.97 percent of all airborne particulates as small as 0.3 microns, including all dust, animal dander, dust mites and mold spores. In addition a HEPA air purifier that contains high-capacity activated carbon helps eliminate volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) such as gaseous chemicals, vapors and odors. The combination of a HEPA filter + activated carbon not only ensures optimal air quality, it also reduces the triggers for allergies and asthma. Not only can a HEPA air filter eliminate the pollutants that lead to the intensification of SDB symptoms, it can also improve overall sleep quality.

At Clean Air Plus we have many customers inquire about our products in the hopes of ending their many nights of restless sleep. In addition to restless sleep, many customers experience allergy symptoms that keep them awake and uncomfortable through the night. At Clean Air Plus we take air purification very seriously. HEPA air purifiers can ensure that your family breathes the healthy air that they deserve. Buy one today and start enjoying the best sleep possible.


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