Heads up, fans of air conditioning! (hehe, see what I did there?)
A study from the Netherlands has suggested that leaving a bedroom door or window open may help people sleep better.
Yeah, I know, this is Singapore: opening the windows and not switching on the air-con means everything in your house, including your cute little kitten, would melt.
But we’re not talking about temperature. That, you’ll have to find a way (get a fan, perhaps?)
Apparently, opening a window or a door will help reduce carbon dioxide levels and improve ventilation for the room, leading to better sleep quality.
(SOME-BODY ONCE TOLD ME-)
“We spend nearly a third of our lives in the bedroom environment, but the air quality in our sleeping environment is often overlooked,” said study author Dr Asit Mishra.
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A study from the Netherlands has suggested that leaving a bedroom door or window open may help people sleep better. Apparently, opening a window or a door will help reduce carbon dioxide levels and improve ventilation for the room, leading to better sleep quality. So if you’ve the habit of closing all your doors and windows at night, you now know why you’re always restless in the day! Read more in our app. Link in bio. Guy Who’s Always Sleeping in the Office: @notzhihao #factoftheday #sgig #sg #singapore #instasg #yoursingapore #sgphoto #singaporean #singaporelife #thisissingapore #instagramsg #igerssingapore #iluvsg #sgdaily #singaporeig #sglocal #sglifestyle #sgbloggers #sgblogger #funfacts #wtffunfacts
The 17 volunteers involved in the experiment each wore an armband measuring their skin temperature, heat flux, bed temperature and moisture levels.
A sensor was also given to track the participants’ movements at night, indicating how restless they were.
At the end of the experiment, it was observed that the quality of sleep improved as carbon dioxide levels decreased.
“Opening an internal door can be a reasonably good alternative if you don’t want to open windows, either for noise concerns or security concerns,” said Dr Mishra.
“Sleep quality is affected by many factors, such as health and emotional states, bedding conditions and different environmental conditions, including noise levels and temperature,” said Dr Nuno Canha of the University of Lisbon in Portugal.
In a recent study by Dr Canha, it was also discovered that closed doors and windows led to higher levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and substances such as formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde? Yikes, that can’t be good. Looks like I’m opening all my windows and doors tonight! (Hello, army of mosquitoes, my old friends)
Of course, you might be wondering: would air-conditioner do the trick? It’s uncertain as the study is done overseas–in a region whereby cats and dogs won’t melt under the sun.
But you get the gist: you need to get those carbon dioxide out ASAP.
Dr Canha also said that: “The exposure we are under while asleep is continuous . . . and we should play it safe in order to breathe better air during sleep.”
Well, I gotta agree with that. We always see news about people dying in their sleep these days. Hey, I’m not taking any chances this time around!
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