How Mold Affects Your Sleep

Elevated mold exposure affects your health, especially in the home where we tend to spend most of our time. Basement bedrooms are a particular concern. Elevated space counts can trigger adverse allergic reactions, various forms of irritation, and even serious health risks. Our team at Indoor Air Quality strives to achieve a normal fungal ecology indoors. Today, to help you better understand the risks, let’s explore how mold affects your sleep cycle and wellness.

Sleep Disturbances

In a study published in 2020, it was revealed that mold and dampness act as the collective catalyst of various sleeping conditions. These can include insomnia, snoring, and daytime exhaustion. Sleep disturbances such as these are bad for our health in the short and long term, and damp conditions also increase the risk of respiratory and other serious issues that can further complicate matters. 

Allergic Rhinitis

Another health risk caused by mold in the bedroom is allergic rhinitis, a serious allergic reactionary symptom-focused around the nose area. When an allergen such as a mold spore is inhaled through the nose during a regular night’s rest, the immune system of the body is alerted and releases chemicals to respond and neutralize it. This is what causes the allergic symptoms including watery eyes, runny nose, breathing difficulties, and even sometimes swelling in the affected region. This series of reactions can make for an unpleasant and distracting night’s rest, if any.

How to Identify Mold

There are many different types of mold, and some can be much more dangerous than others. The safest approach is to request an indoor air quality test and inspection to determine whether mold is present in your bedroom or home, determine the source and provide a solution. This minimizes the risk to you and your household while ensuring moisture issues are taken care of, deficiencies are addressed appropriately and remediation protocols are followed to reduce the number of spores disturbed and reintroduced to the airstream. 

Want to learn more about how mold can impact your sleep cycle? Our team at Indoor Air Quality is happy to help. Get in touch with us today to request our services or discuss your health and wellness needs. We’re happy to help ensure peace of mind and a good night’s sleep!