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Does Mold Affect Your Sleep?

You need to have a good amount of quality sleep every night to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, and if you don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, you’re likely to face several health problems.

Mold in the bedroom contributes to poor health by causing disruption in your sleeping patterns. When you are spending most of your time in a moldy bedroom, you become highly exposed to mold.

As mold causes numerous health problems, it’s crucial to get informed about the signs of mold, the causes of its growth, the symptoms you may experience, and the steps you should take to control this fungus in your home.

That being said, there is scientific evidence that indoor mold does affect sleep. Inhaling mold spores during sleep can lead to various health complications, such as nasal congestion, sneezing and wheezing, shortness of breath, and skin irritation, which will all have an effect on your sleep quality.

Research shows that too much mold can contribute to high levels of insomnia. People who sleep in bedrooms with high amounts of mold can experience problems such as snoring during sleep and lack of alertness during the day. Thus, it is necessary to take action to improve your bedroom’s air condition by getting rid of mold as soon as it starts developing, or even prevent it from growing in the first place, so that you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Is It Safe to Sleep in a Bedroom with Mold?

Even if you are a healthy young person, it is definitely not recommended to sleep in a moldy bedroom. While some of us are exceptionally sensitive to mold, other people, due to the prolonged exposure, might develop sensitivity over time.

It is not safe to sleep near mold as it can easily make you sick. Mold releases a lot of harmful and toxic substances and odors that can lead to allergic reactions in humans.

Thus, some may experience severe allergies to mold and can be hugely affected by it. Inhaling mold can also lead to headaches, continuous sore throat, and skin irritations and itchiness that can make it difficult to fall asleep and rest properly at night.

Mold is also linked to developing severe conditions like lung infection, and serious respiratory illnesses like chronic bronchitis or asthma in certain individuals who are more susceptible, especially in children.

Some of the other issues that people face when they stay in a room with a lot of mold include skin redness and rashes. When you develop a skin rash, it will be hard to concentrate on falling to sleep.

Breathing in mold spores also leads to blurred vision; watering, dry, itchy, or sore eyes; chronic cough; chest and nasal congestion. When your nose is congested, you know that it is hard to fall asleep and stay in deep sleep for too long.

Ensure you remove the mold from surfaces as soon as notice the first sign of it developing. It is also important to regularly check on the levels of mold in your house so that you and your family can enjoy a healthy sleep.

What Can You Do About Mold in Your Bedroom?

There are more than 12 most common types of mold that are likely to develop in a house. All of them grow in humid spaces with temperatures in the range of 60-80°F.

To prevent mold from developing, you can put in place measures to remove it from your bedroom in order to improve your sleep quality. For example, you can keep the humidity levels between 30% and 50% to avoid the development of mold.

The room should have enough ventilation to avoid situations where moisture will concentrate at a high level which will lead to mold. The application of an air conditioner or dehumidifier is necessary to keep the moisture levels low. Improve the ventilation in your home and you will contribute towards reducing the chances of mold growing in your bedroom.

There are several mold removal techniques you can apply if you realize that mold has already formed in your home.

You can clean nonporous materials using soapy water or a bleach solution. Make sure to always wear respirators, gloves, and goggles when dealing with mold. When water spills occur on mattresses or carpets, ensure you clean and dry them well within 48 hours. Insulation, ceiling tiles, and drywall that have become moldy should be removed and replaced.

If you have large indoor areas of moldy surfaces, you can get help from an expert who will also check for mold that is not visible to you. Since it is practically impossible for the average homeowner to properly control and eliminate mold himself, availing of professional mold removal services is the best choice.

Contact Bona Fide Home & Mold Inspections today for more information, and to request a mold inspection and testing in your Rhode Island or Massachusetts home.

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