Are airborne particles linked to sleep insomnia?

Are airborne particles linked to sleep insomnia?

They say the most intelligent people have the hardest time falling asleep at night because they have lots of things on their minds. Many things go through your mind a million times a minute once your head hits the pillow, in many cases this is the time of day when you can actually think clearer about the decisions and things that happened during the day. But, for many the thoughts don’t stop and things seem to pile up and this is when people begin to become more anxious and sometimes even depressing thoughts start to kick in.

Recent studies have shown a connection between hay fever and insomnia. In the North America alone, some 50 million people suffer from allergies as a result of changing seasons.

Research indicates that hay fever victims suffer from insomnia twice as much as people without allergies. Experts say people with allergic rhinitis on average take a longer time to get to sleep and they wake up more easily during the night. They also have to take more naps during the day and they get tired more easily.

During springtime our immune systems work to repel tree pollen from oak, elm, ash, birch, hickory, maple, cypress, walnut…and the list goes on. As a result, you will sneeze, cough, drip and blow and wipe your nose until it’s red as a stop sign!

In summer, you can look forward to spores coming from weeds, grasses and outdoor mold.

Come fall, there’s ragweed, sagebrush, and thistle to clog your nose.

During winter, you figure you’ll be indoors most of the time, so no worries, right? Wrong! Welcome to dust mites, animal dander and indoor molds. Now, you can add colossal headaches to your nasal congestion. Also, if you weren’t keeping an eye on your nooks and crannies you may even have mice living in your home causing a whole other issue with respiratory issues.

All of these particles build up in your nasal passages and your lungs causing your body to react differently, everyone reacts differently to different particles they breath in from their indoor environment. So, this is why it is so hard to prove if the link between mold and insomnia is a fact, other then most patients that came into contact with mold and other indoor airborne particles lived in homes that have flooded and were not properly remediated, or still have water damage in them.

If you believe that your home may be the reason you are sleep deprived, don’t wait until it starts effecting you! There are some beginning steps you can take to give you some peace of mind.

  1. Get an Inspection done. Either a visual inspection with an environmental professional who is trained to assist people and assess the building envelope and surroundings or, if you visually see that your home has water damage in it or can see mold. Get some samples taken!
  2. Ask your professional if they they believe it could be covered under insurance.
  3. After your tests come back from sampling (if needed) or after your evaluation with a professional, book with a trusted company that’s track record proves they do the job the right way the first time! Look at customer reviews, read testimonials, and above all else make sure they are educated!
  4. Enjoy a good night sleep knowing you did the right thing and hired the right company!

 

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National Dog Day – Thank you to the Mold Dogs!

National Dog Day – Thank you to the Mold Dogs!

Air sampling and related mould inspection techniques are expensive and laboratory analysis of the samples can take up to three weeks (depending on the particular test) before the results are known.

Traditional air sampling cannot pinpoint the source of mould; it merely confirms the presence of mould in the overall space where the sample was taken. The dog, on the other hand, is trained to alert to the exact location of the mold. In situations involving isolated contamination sites the Mold Dog is most often accurate within 1-2 metres of the actual source of contamination.

This means that costly air sampling can be limited to the contaminated areas and at the same time samples can be taken at the suspected contaminated site thus ensuring a higher degree of accuracy in the air samples themselves. If destructive (bulk) sampling is preferred, then the Mold Dog provides assurance that destructive testing will not be a ‘hit-or-miss’ proposition.

Another important benefit of pinpointing mould sources is that the cost of remediation (repairs) can be reduced dramatically by repairing only those areas which are actually contaminated.

(As a rough rule of thumb, a dog can inspect an average 2 storey house (2000 sq. ft.) in approximately 2 hours.)

Dogs have been used for years by military and law enforcement agencies to detect bombs and drugs, among other things. In Europe, dogs have been used to detect mold for over 20 years.

Mold frequently grows in hidden places, inside wall cavities, underneath floors and in inaccessible areas and is often not visible until the problem is more advanced. When moisture builds up from leaky pipes, roofs, basements or high humidity, conditions are ideal for mould growth. Moulds are easily disturbed and their spores can become airborne causing a possible threat to the building or the health of the occupants. Exposure to some types of molds can cause serious health effects such as respiratory infection, asthma attacks, skin rashes, eye infections, ear infections, nosebleeds and headaches. In rare cases toxic mould can cause cancer and even death.

Certified Mold Dogs detect and pinpoint exact areas of mold, which leads to lower remediation costs for homeowners and insurers.

A mold dog can get to places faster than people, and can detect mold in places that people can’t reach. Human inspectors might be in a building for four hours performing Indoor Air Quality tests and sampling and even using thermal imaging cameras before finding the mold where as a mold dog can sniff it out and represents the newest tool for consumers in North America to detect and more importantly, pinpoint mold in structures, thus lowering remediation costs.

We’ve been asked many times if its safe to expose dogs to such environments, but its been proven by vets that dogs don’t react quite as badly as humans do when being exposed to mold and spores. The reality of it is, it’s about as safe as using the dogs for bomb sniffing. Dogs are trained to be cautious and aware of the surroundings. They can identify the areas and notify the humans faster then getting test results, resulting in a faster response time. The only thing they can’t do is supply you the quote for the work.