The Surprisingly Easy Way To Improve Your Sleep? Purified Air!
Isn’t it funny how when you're a kid, you avoid sleep like the plague? You try to skip nap time and delay bedtime for any (and every) reason. You just want to stay up later, right? Now, as an adult, you dream of a good night's sleep or a nice nap!
Sleep is valuable for our mental and physical health. You know what it’s like getting an awful night's sleep. And too often a stressful event causes sleepless nights (plural). It’s hard on your body and mind.
It’s tough to fit in the recommended 7-8 hours of shut-eye for adults in our fast-paced lives. Work, kids, sports, friends, family time, and everything in between make it seem impossible to get enough sleep. We ‘know’ sleep matters for our health, but don’t often think about this: The safer your air, the better your sleep. Simple, but powerful. Let’s make the air you’re breathing all night better — so the sleep you do get works harder for you!
Air purifiers give a simple solution to help your overall health. We don’t often think about countless harmful pollutants lurking in our bedrooms at night. FilterQueen’s been in the business of safer air since the 1920s. We proudly offer the Defender air purifier to not only sleep better — but gain the added health benefits of cleaner air.
Today we’re exploring how poor indoor air quality impacts our sleep, the links between air pollution and sleep apnea, and how the Defender gives you better sleep and safer air.
How Harmful Pollutants Impact Your Sleep Quality
Walking around your house, it’s obvious what needs to be cleaned. Just keeping up with toilets and floors feels like a burden sometimes! If you even notice the dust collecting on the picture frames, how often do you really feel like wiping them all down? It doesn’t matter how many times you vacuum, you could do it again hours later (thanks to your furry friends). And the laundry will never be done.
Most of us don’t think about “cleaning the air” too often though. But guess what’s a serious problem? Air pollution. “Air pollution is the contamination of the indoor or outdoor air by any chemical, physical, or biological way that modifies natural parts of the environment,” according to the World Health Organization.
Yep, both indoor and outdoor air pollutants impact your sleep quality!When you open those windows, it lets outdoor air in and allows for circulation. Circulation supports good indoor air quality. But, it also lets in all the pollution from the outdoor air.One study looked at the correlation between air pollution and quality of sleep. They found rooms with higher concentrations of both nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM) had lower quality of sleep and woke up more often.
PM comes from various sources like dust, dirt, soot, and smoke. Sometimes it’s solely from the environment and other times it's from chemical reactions. NO2 comes from the burning of fossil fuels, happening all the time, all over the world. Both cause negative health effects.
Another study looked at ventilation and concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in dormitories. It showed those who slept in lower concentrations of CO2 felt:
- Their quality of sleep improved.
- Less sleepy and more able to concentrate.
- The bedroom air was fresher.
Plus, a performance test showed logical thinking improved with lower concentrations of CO2 while sleeping! While more research needs to be done, it’s nice to have some data to back up the importance of clean air while you sleep.
Think of how much time you do spend sleeping (even when it’s not enough). It truly adds up over the years. When pollutants enter our body, our immune system has to work harder to fight off toxins. Sleep is a time for rest and restoration. Having purified air makes this possible — and works as a simple solution to improve your sleep and protect your health.
What’s the Link Between Air Pollution and Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs from abnormal breathing while you sleep. Breathing can be interrupted or you may stop altogether for a short time. Multiple risk factors include weight, age, and overall health.
Pauses in breathing affect the body’s oxygen supply leading to lower quality of sleep and potentially serious health complications. The scariest complications include high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which affects up to 9% of adults. But the condition is often under diagnosed. Treatments can include lifestyle changes like losing weight or having to use a CPAP mask.
Since sleep is essential for our well-being, multiple studies examine the causes behind sleep apnea. Scientific research gives us powerful insight to make informed decisions for our health.
One Study Found the Odds of Having Sleep Apnea Increased:
- 60% with yearly PM5 exposure
- 39% with yearly NO2 exposure
We know both PM (any number isn’t good, by the way!) and NO2 aren’t healthy. Both cause air pollution to rise — so imagine how hard your body has to work to fight off potential harm inside! No wonder you’re tossing and turning all the time.
All hope is not lost. You can get a good night’s rest and improve your health at the same time. Keep reading for some easy tips and how the Defender air purifier protects your whole family while sleeping.
How to Improve Sleep with 3 Simple Tips
1. Make Sure Your Home is Safe
- Make sure mold’s not a problem with a professional assessment.
- Check CO2 monitors.
- Discuss any lingering symptoms with your primary care doctor (throat irritation, allergy symptoms, headaches, etc).
2. Reduce Allergens with Non-Toxic Cleaning
- Non-toxic cleaning products limit additional poisons and chemical fumes in your home.
- Routine cleaning limits the main causes of allergies, like pet dander and dust.
- Make a schedule or break up tasks so it feels more doable!
3. Improve Airflow by Opening Windows Or HVAC
- Opening windows boosts air circulation at home.
- Improved circulation enhances indoor air quality by lowering concentrations of pollutants being stagnant.
- HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning) systems are meant to control temperatures and provide good indoor air quality.
The Defender Protects You While You Sleep — Windows Open Or Not!
It might seem like there isn’t a simple and effective solution. If you open the windows, you’re increasing airflow and letting in outdoor air pollution. But indoor pollution causes problems too…Yikes! We’re here to help with the best air purifier for improved sleep and health.
Air purifiers remove impurities from the air that can cause negative health effects while you sleep. Not every air purifier works the same, but the standard air purifiers use HEPA filters. At FilterQueen, we go above and beyond “standard” products.
Key Features of the Defender Air Purifier for Sleep Quality:
- 3 times better-than-HEPA Medi-Filter Cartridge
- Removes 99.99% of particles down to 0.1 micron
- Eliminates and destroys SARS-CoV-2 virus
- FDA-Cleared Class II Medical Device
- 360° air intake and output
- Modern design
- Assembled in Brooklyn, Ohio
We are confident that with the Defender, you’ll notice an improvement in how you feel and sleep. With FREE 2-day shipping, you’ll be sleeping better in no time.
So there you have it! The surprisingly easy way to sleep better and boost your overall health — purified air. We hope you use these tips to get the most out of your nighttime rest. Let us know if we can answer any questions!