World Sleep Day by Green Home Solutions

4 Aspects of Indoor Air Quality To Improve Your Sleep

  • Date: 03-2022

It seems that each day, new studies point to the importance of quality sleep to all aspects of our health. From weight control to cognitive function to overall good mood, quality sleep is absolutely critical. Make sure that the conditions in your home improve your chances of quality sleep. Start with your indoor air quality. We break down four aspects of indoor air quality that promote better sleep conditions.

1. Overall Air Quality

2. Ventilation

3. Humidity

4. Temperature

Overall Air Quality:

It’s no surprise that you need to breathe better air for quality sleep. Various kinds of particulates, allergens, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) affect the quality of your indoor environment and can have a negative impact on sleep quality. Allergens, such as dust, dust mites, mold, mold spores, and microbes, could irritate the lungs and exacerbate symptoms in those with respiratory illnesses. The EPA describes sources of VOCs in your home: everything from household paints to furnishings to cleaning supplies.

How can you improve the overall air quality so you can rest better at night?

We offer an indoor air quality test that can determine the level of VOCs in your home. Our EPA-registered, plant-based products and air filtration products are effective at reducing allergens and microbes, eliminating mold and mold spores, and preventing their regrowth. We also offer plant-based probiotic air purification services and products that improve your indoor air targeting harmful bacteria while restoring balance.

Ventilation:

Another aspect to improving the quality of your sleep is to ensure proper ventilation in your home. Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) increase at night and can reach concentrations that impact your sleep. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) cited a study that proved that increased air movement decreased CO2 levels. One simple way to increase air movement: use a fan. If you’re concerned about the levels of CO2 in your home, particularly at night, we can help. We offer various indoor air quality tests that determine CO2 levels, along with VOCs and other issues that could be disrupting your sleep.

Humidity:

Humidity and moisture control are key for keeping mold and bay. Be sure to use a hygrometer to measure moisture levels in your home, and keep the relative humidity below 50 percent. In addition to preventing mold growth, proper humidity levels make the air easier to breathe and ease allergy symptoms.

Temperature:

The temperature has to be just right to promote quality deep sleep, according to a Cleveland Clinic article, which describes the ideal temperature for sleeping as between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit for adults and 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit for babies and toddlers. Set your home’s temperature to make it comfortable for sleep.

When you address these four aspects of indoor air quality, you improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. If your family is like mine, we all have different ideas of the ideal temperature. While Green Home Solutions won’t interfere with your thermostat battles, we can help you address concerns about the overall air quality, ventilation issues, or humidity control. Call us today for a free assessment.

End Notes:
EPA, “Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality” found at:
https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compoundsimpact-indoor-air-quality
ASHRAE, Mary Kate McGowan, Associate Editor, News, ASHRAE Journal Newsletter, “Using Indoor Air Quality Tactics To Sleep Better at Night, Perform Well the Next Day,” October 10, 2017, found at:
https://www.ashrae.org/news/ashraejournal/using-indoor-air-quality-tacticsto-sleep-better-at-night-perform-well-the-next-day
Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials, “What’s the Best Temperature for Sleep?” published on November 16, 2021, found at:
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-is-the-ideal-sleeping-temperature-formy-bedroom/