How Plants influence Air Quality and Sleep

Today I’ve got an amazing post from Fabian of NapSeason.com a sleep blog dedicated to provide honest sleep improvement advice and information. He aspires to help his readers to get their best rest at night by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research.

Hi guys Fabian here.

If you wake up in the morning and don’t feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, did you ever think that the air in your room might be the culprit?

Most people believe that the air inside of their home is far cleaner and fresher than what we breathe outside.

This thinking comes from many different myths, including the idea that cars and trucks and other pollutants outside our home are more harmful.

There’s much more to indoor air quality than you might have realized. Let’s take a look at the facts about indoor air quality.

We spend a great deal of time in our home. We dedicate space for many activities; from sleeping, to family time, to cooking and sharing meals.
The Environmental Protection Agency has long stated that indoor air pollution contains up to five times more pollution than the air we breathe outside.

Indoor pollutants and your health

How can these indoor pollutants affect your health? The effects from these indoor toxins can range from headaches, wheezing and coughing, to more serious issues such as lung disease and certain cancers.

Smaller particles of particulate matter in the home can be routinely inhaled if not addressed and can lead to chronic health problems based on the chemicals in the air of your home.

Installing quality air filters on your furnace can help catch and reduce particulate matter in your home.

There are some indoor pollutants that you would expect to be dangerous, such a cigarette smoke and a build-up of carbon monoxide.

If you’ve ever purchased a home, chances are you’ve obtained a radon gas test part of the home inspection process.

Radon gas is a dangerous byproduct of the breakdown of uranium in the soil and rock that surrounds us all. Not only is it found in many homes, it can be attributed to thousands of lung cancer deaths every year.

Ways to protect you and your loved ones from these indoor pollutants exist, but there are steps you must take to ensure your home is safe and protected.

• Insist that people who live in the home and guests go outside to smoke.
• Put up no smoking signs and have a comfortable and covered outdoor place for guests to smoke and safely extinguish their cigarettes.
• Purchase good quality carbon monoxide detectors and place them in places where carbon monoxide is known to accumulate. Install one on each level of your home, near your furnace in the basement and if you have a gas dryer, near that as well.

Make sure a radon test has been completed by a competent and certified contractor before considering purchasing your next home.

Air Quality and sleep

So, how does all this “bad air” and chemicals indoors affect our ability to get a good nights’ sleep?

Well, there are several ways it affects us.

Waking up tired, achy and even with a headache might not always be from a late night dinner of staying up to watch the late show.
It could easily be the very air you’re breathing while you’re asleep.
In weather extremes, many people keep their windows closed and to make matters worse, they keep their door closed for privacy.
These conditions allow for a build-up of carbon monoxide that can negatively affect the quality of your sleep. Researchers completed detailed studies regarding the varied room conditions during sleep and how human health was affected by many factors.
The results were pretty straightforward: The better the ventilation in the room, the fresher the air was throughout the night. This resulted in better rested subjects and increased health and productivity.

The study showed such a significant improvement in sleep quality based on the removal of carbon monoxide that the results were astounding. If you want better sleep, you need to reduce the carbon monoxide in the room.

Many people aren’t willing to give up their temperature controlled environment, or open their door all night long and give up their privacy. What can one do to improve the quality of their sleep without changing these things?

Air purifying plants

The NASA Clean Air Study took a comprehensive look at how the introduction of many different types of plants indoors can improve the quality of air in the home by removing several undesirable and even dangerous chemicals through their natural processes.

The impressive results showed a high reduction of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia.

The origin of the 1989 study was first completed to investigate the many different plants’ abilities to clean the air and release oxygen into the closed environment of a space station.

The study’s results gave a detailed look at how introducing these plants into home environments could make our own homes naturally produce fresh, clean air and improve the health and quality of life for many.

A plant you should consider adding to your room is a popular and easy to care for plant known as the Snake Plant. The plant originates from Africa and is a part of African lore as a spirit of storms and also war. In Brazil, its roots can be traced to Saint George.

Choosing this plant is a very wise one when you consider that it removes four out of the five pollutants that were tested in the NASA Clean Air Study.

In addition to being a very effective plant to help keep your indoor air fresh, the Snake Plant is very easy to take care of and quite attractive.

It does not require frequent watering and easily tolerates low lighting, making it perfect for indoor rooms that may not receive much daily light. It only needs watering every couple of months, making it an effortless addition to your home. There is one great thing about the snake plant. This plant releases oxygen at night!

With the ease of care, you could easily place a few of these plants in every room and watch the air quality of your home and your health improve.

We’ve looked at the surprising quality of the air in your home. Seeing the many different types of adverse chemicals that can be in the air, it only makes sense to look for proven and tested methods to make our indoor environment fresh and clean. Heading out to pick up a few Snake Plants for your bedroom might just be the ticket for a better night’s rest and a productive tomorrow.

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