Inflammation linked to Air Pollution which causes Sleep Disorders

What you breathe can cause sleep disorders and inflammation. Do you need to open your window and air out the chemicals in your mattress?  Trust me that's not enough. This is not going to make the problem, "just go away" as these chemicals are persistent in our environment.

According to a online article by "The Guardian" 

"The systemic damage is the result of pollutants causing inflammation that then floods through the body and ultrafine particles being carried around the body by the bloodstream."

Originally published as a study in the "Chest Journal", The official Publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, I will Quote...

"Sleep efficiency is decreased in most polluted areas, especially with increased exposure to NO2 and PM.(1)Several studies show that air pollution is associated with increased sleep apnea symptoms, possibly because of upper airway inflammation from irritant pollutants and airborne allergens(2) and household biomass smoke.(3)

Air pollution may affect sleep adversely in other ways. Traffic-related air pollution is highest near busy streets, which confounds sleep studies because the environment is more often noisy and illuminated. Pollution may also disturb sleep by exacerbating asthma, COPD, or other respiratory or chronic diseases. In addition, pollutants may lead to an inflammatory reaction in the CNS or directly interfere with neuronal function that may affect sleep.(4)" End Quote 

Household indoor pollution is a significant contributor to allergens as polyurethane foam found in mattresses can breed harmful bacteria, staph and E-Coli. Add the toxic soup of chemicals found in mattresses, furniture, carpet, and cleaning agents and household dust no wonder we have problems breathing.



  1. Fang, S.C., Schwartz, J., Yang, M., Yaggi, H.K., Bliwise, D.L., and Araujo, A.B. Traffic-related air pollution and sleep in the Boston Area Community Health Survey. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2015; 25: 451–456      
  2. Zanobetti, A., Redline, S., Schwartz, J. et al. Associations of PM10 with sleep and sleep-disordered breathing in adults from seven US urban areas. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010; 182: 819–825      
  3. Castaneda, J.L., Kheirandish-Gozal, L., Gozal, D., and Accinelli, R.A. Pampa Cangallo Instituto de Investigaciones de la Altura Research G. Effect of reductions in biomass fuel exposure on symptoms of sleep apnea in children living in the peruvian andes: a preliminary field study. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2013;48: 996–999      
  4. Martinez-Lazcano, J.C., Gonzalez-Guevara, E., del Carmen Rubio, M. et al. The effects of ozone exposure and associated injury mechanisms on the central nervous system. Rev Neurosci. 2013; 24: 337–352      

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