Air Pollution and Your Sleep

New research suggests that people with the highest exposure to two types of air pollution – ultrafine particulate pollution and pollution from automobile traffic (NO2) are less likely to sleep well, compared to those with lower exposure to pollution.

Researchers from the University of Washington analyzed data from 1,863 adults previously enrolled in sleep and air pollution studies. To find out how well the participants slept, the team equipped them with wrist devices that measure small movements and provide detailed estimates of sleep and wake patterns.

They found that 25 percent of the participants who had the highest exposure to pollution slept the least.  Over the course of 5 years, the researchers determined that participants exposed to the highest levels of NO2 had an almost 60 percent greater likelihood of experiencing poor sleep compared to those who had the least exposure to these pollutants, and that those with the highest exposure to small particulates were nearly 50 percent less likely to sleep well.

AtmosAir bipolar ionization systems will help provide a healthier breathing experience, even while you’re sleeping, to help offset pollution. AtmosAir will work to remove ultrafine particles afrom the breathing range while breaking gaseous pollutants.

The fact is most Americans are spending almost 90% of our time indoors. We need our environments to sustain us and sleeping soundly is one of the most vital aspects of overall health and wellness.