Our environment can either enhance our sleep and energy or it can be deleterious – and it’s quite often the latter due to our increased use and dependence on technology. Keep reading to find out if you’re making these common mistakes that impact your sleep!
Light is one of the most fundamental aspects of our environment and influences how effectively we sleep, according to what type we’re exposing ourselves too – and when. Have you ever left your computer work until really late at night and consequently felt tired and groggy the next day (despite sleeping the same number of hours)? Well, there’s actually an extremely important reason for this! Artificial blue light suppresses our ability to produce melatonin . While I wouldn’t endorse doing your work late at night, there are a few ways around this to at least reduce the harmful effects it imposes on our sleep quality.
Did you know that mould and indoor pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can affect our ability to wind down and have sound sleep? Damp affected houses and mould exposure within the home have been correlated with decreased sleep in children and insomnia in adults . Consequently, our indoor air quality contains pollutants that may actually be even greater than outdoor air pollution due to mycotoxins produced from mould species, bacteria (which can grow on walls and surfaces), VOCs from furniture and household cleaners.
Next week we’ll be looking at how gut health and infections may be impacting our sleep, stay tuned!
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