Getting enough sleep is crucial to staying healthy. Sleep is as important as regular exercise and a well-balanced diet. Unfortunately, most adults do not get the proper amount of shut eye every night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults sleeping seven to nine hours every night. Babies, children and teens need even more sleep to help their growth and development.
Importance of Sleep
There are many benefits that come with getting adequate sleep. Research has linked getting enough sleep to better concentration, productivity and cognition. Another study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found children’s sleep patterns can also have an impact on their behavior and how they do in school. According to the CDC, getting good rest each night allows the body’s blood pressure to regulate itself, lowering the risk of heart disease. Getting enough sleep can also help adults lose weight, prevent depression and improve the immune system. Sleep is when the body repairs, regenerates and recovers. Getting adequate sleep helps the body fight off infection.
Not only is it important to get enough hours of sleep, it is also crucial to get quality sleep. Poor sleep can lead to a variety of health issues. Signs of poor sleep include waking up throughout the night, tossing and turning, and not feeling well-rested. There are many ways to improve sleep quality. This includes avoiding sleeping too much, going to bed around the same time every night, being more active during the day, and exercising more often to reduce stress. Another way you can improve your sleep quality is to improve your bedroom’s air quality, and there’s no way better to do that than with an air purifier. Below are five proven benefits to sleeping with an air purifier running in the bedroom.
1. Cleans Air of Pollutants
Your home’s air quality may be more polluted than the air outside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be five times as polluted as outdoor air. This is because indoor air is not circulated as much, allowing airborne pollutants to thrive. Air purifiers can help reduce and eliminate several types of indoor air pollutants. Depending on the size, air purifiers can filter the air in a single room up to a whole house. The machines work by trapping the airborne pollutants with a True HEPA filtration system. The True HEPA filter removes up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns including smoke, dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, mold spores and dust mite debris. Cleaning the air of these pollutants can allow better breathing leading to better sleep. A recent study found sleep quality improves significantly when air pollutant levels are lowered.
2. Reduces Allergens
Indoor allergens can trigger allergies causing a variety of health problems that impact sleep. Frequent sneezing, coughing, congestion, watery eyes and sore throat are common allergy symptoms that can keep you up at night. It’s estimated 40 percent of Americans suffer from allergies. People with allergies are also more than twice as likely to struggle with sleeping than those without allergies. There are many steps you can take to prevent indoor allergens in your home. You should vacuum carpets and upholstery regularly, wash sheets weekly in hot water to kill dust mites and use hypoallergenic cases for mattresses and pillows to keep dust mites trapped. You should also bathe your pets at least once a week, to cut down on the pet dander. An air purifier with True HEPA filtration can also remove these allergens from the air.
3. Reduces Snoring
Snoring is a common condition that can affect anyone, but for some people it can be detrimental to sleep. Long-term snoring not only impacts your sleep quality, but also your partner’s. Snoring happens when the flow of air through your mouth and nose is blocked. Clean, fresh air can help keep these passages open, and reduce snoring. That’s because poor quality air irritates the upper airways, leading to stuffy and inflamed noses and throats. Air purifiers clean the air particles that bring on these symptoms, which can massively reduce snoring as a result.
4. Provides White Noise
White noise can be a fantastic sleep aid for many people. White noise is a term for static frequencies that are blended together to make a soothing ambient sound. White noise masks other sounds, making it helpful for people who have trouble falling asleep, don’t like the silence or live in loud environments. One study found white noise machines reduced the time it took people to fall asleep by nearly 40%, compared to people who did not use the devices. Another study found white noise machines can also help babies and young children fall asleep more quickly. Running an air purifier in your bedroom can act as a white noise machine. The sound the machine makes while blowing and circulating air can act as a sleep aid for many people, helping many fall asleep faster. Many air purifiers also have “sleep mode” options to choose from to create the perfect bedroom environment.
5. Reduces Odors
An air purifier can also reduce odors in the bedroom, creating a comfortable environment that’s perfect for good sleep. Smell can directly affect sleep. Even though smells don’t usually cause a person to wake up, the sense of smell and sleep can impact your sleep quality. Some scents are commonly associated with a more inviting bedroom environment. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 78% of people said they were more excited for bed when their sheets had a fresh scent, 71% of people described getting more comfortable sleep with fresh sheets. Adding fresh air to your bedroom environment can also greatly improve sleep.
If you decide to purchase an air purifier, it’s important you keep up with replacing the filters on a regular basis. As a rule of thumb, HEPA filters should be replaced every 6-12 months, depending on air quality and environmental factors. Carbon pre-filters should be replaced every 3 months, depending on air quality and environmental factors. All Hunter air purifiers have a filter replacement indicator on the control panel to let you know when the filters are dirty. We also offer a filter subscription program where you can have replacement filters delivered to your front door on a regular basis.