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Is the air in your bedroom stopping you from sleeping well?

The air quality in your home can have a huge impact on how well you sleep at night. Air quality isn’t the most obvious factor in getting a good night’s sleep, but unclean air or unbalanced humidity levels in your home can disturb your sleep and affect your health. Get clued up on how the atmosphere in your bedroom might be helping or hindering you.

A woman kneeling next to a low table with plants next to a single bed.
A woman kneeling next to a low table with plants next to a single bed.
Air cleanliness and humidity levels can impact your breathing at night and therefore how well you sleep

Dr Guy Meadows, Sleep School

An open-door policy
One of the main reasons air quality impacts our sleep is that it can be particularly poor in bedrooms. It’s often the room with the worst air quality in the whole home. This is mostly down to room size, as well as having the door to our bedrooms shut a lot of the time for privacy reasons. The bigger the room and the more ventilation there is, the better the air quality will be.

A man hanging up his clothers to dry.

Too much moisture
If you dry clothes in your bedroom or have any sort of damp problem, the air in your room can become very wet, and this can interfere with your sleep, too. High humidity levels are likely to leave you with difficulties sleeping due to feeling uncomfortably sticky, and can promote the growth of mould and dust mites, which in turn can impact how well you sleep.

A woman lying on her side asleep.

Running dry
How dry the air in your bedroom is can have a big impact on how well you sleep. Ideally, the air should be around 50% humidity. If there isn’t enough moisture in the air, it’s easy for your sleep to be disturbed by a dry mouth and nose – a bit like you may have experienced when on a plane.

How to improve the air quality in your bedroom

For more sleep inspiration and tips on how to improve your bedroom environment, visit our dedicated sleep hub.