Dangers Of Sleeping In A Damp Room

Monday 1st March 2021

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According to the Sleep Foundation, adults sleeping in damp-ridden conditions are more likely to encounter sleep disturbances. 

One of their recent studies revealed that bedroom mould correlated with high levels of snoring, insomnia and tiredness. Sound familiar?

Aside from affecting your sleeping pattern, damp and mould are incredibly bad for your health. If you suspect mould in your bedroom, you should call the professionals immediately. 

How to detect damp in your bedroom

Though not always visible, damp often has a distinct smell. A musty odour is likely to linger in the air in rooms affected by damp.

If damp is visible in the room, it may appear in the form of dark, discoloured patches on walls or plaster. Heavy moisture may also be present on cold surfaces, such as windows, in the form of water droplets. 

To be certain, it’s a good idea to hire a professional cleaning company to carry out a damp and moisture survey. 

Health risks associated with damp

Failure to detect damp or mould in your home may put your health at risk. 

Mould is a harmful fungi which produces allergens and irritants. Without knowing, you could be inhaling these toxic substances in your sleep.

Respiratory symptoms

Mould and damp have been known to cause both respiratory problems and skin conditions. 

According to The Conversation, inhaling mould fragments can inflame the airways. This may cause:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing 
  • Throat irritation
  • Breathing difficulties

The longer the issue is ignored, the worse the side effects will be.

Prolonged exposure to high levels of dampness has been proven to reduce lung function and cause chronic health problems, such as asthma. If you already have asthma, you may be subject to more severe side effects. 

A report conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that exposure to indoor dampness is one of the biggest contributors to childhood asthma. Whilst children and adults of all ages are vulnerable to the health effects of mould, some groups are more at risk than others. These include:

  • Young infants
  • Elderly residents
  • Those with a weakened immune system
  • Individuals with underlying conditions like asthma or eczema 

Skin problems

You may also experience a range of skin conditions, for example:

  • Skin rashes or bumps
  • Red or inflamed eyes
  • Pressure or pain behind your face

If you have an existing skin condition, such as eczema, symptoms may be more intense. Allergic reactions to mould may also worsen the effects.

Toxic mould syndrome

In extreme situations, the consequences of mould can be long-term.

A condition known as ‘toxic mould syndrome’ can arise from extreme exposure to poisonous mould spores. Symptoms of toxic mould syndrome include:

  • Brain fog
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle cramps
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Attention issues such as ADHD

Due to its rarity, toxic mould syndrome often goes misdiagnosed. It is commonly mistaken for just a mould allergy. But what’s the difference?

A person with a mould allergy will experience symptoms similar to that of hay fever, such as shortness of breath, headaches, tiredness and itchy, red eyes. However, a person with toxic mould syndrome is subject to more severe health problems, including chronic inflammatory response syndrome. 

If you do fall ill to toxic mould syndrome, don’t worry. The symptoms may be uncomfortable, but treatment is available. 

Treatment

According to Healthline, most health problems caused by mould can be treated – or at least helped – by over-the-counter medications. 

You may be given:

Antihistamines
Antihistamine tablets, such as cetirizine or loratadine, can be used to clear your airways and reduce your immune system response. 

Decongestants
Decongestants, for example, pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), can be taken to reduce swelling caused by an allergic reaction to mould.

Nasal sprays
Nasal sprays or rinses, such as fluticasone (Flonase), to reduce nasal congestion and improve your airflow. 

How to prevent mould

If you’ve noticed damp or mould in your home, it’s important to act quickly. 

There are a number of steps you can take to prevent mould growth, for example, monitoring humidity levels. Mould thrives in damp, humid conditions. Therefore, to prevent mould you should keep humidity levels below 50% throughout the day. 

Another way to prevent mould is to close your bedroom window at night.

Call us

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer a reliable solution for dealing with damp and mould in homes. 

Our remediation process begins with a professional damp and moisture survey carried out by our qualified technicians. Our teams are Dewpoint accredited and have years of field experience. 

After the survey has taken place, the remediation process will commence. Included in our mould remediation service is a 12-month guarantee. 

To discover our full range of services, give us a call on 0333 577 5805 or email us on [email protected] A member of our friendly support team will be able to provide professional advice regarding your personal situation

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