(HealthyResearch.com) – Occasional insomnia and concentration problems can strike the best of us, but when they become chronic, it may be time to look at the environment. Some people can be more sensitive than others to this common allergen, but in some cases, high exposure itself can set off a response.
Mold can have varying effects on different people, but all of them stem from one of two types of responses. The first is spore allergies, which cause symptoms similar to hay fever, explains Psychology Today. The other is a reaction to the emissions molds put out. SleepHelp warns these irritating compounds and dangerous toxins are waste products molds make when they grow. Among them are mycotoxins, which can have serious neurological effects.
About 25% of the population has a hard time clearing these types of toxins from their systems, resulting in a dangerous buildup. People in this risk group are extra susceptible to some of the more serious issues mold exposure can cause. Some researchers believe this can manifest as a chronic autoimmune inflammatory response, which may affect sufferers in several ways. Memory issues, trouble concentrating and chronic sleep issues are all common complaints among people suffering from mycotoxin toxicity.
Effects of Mold on the Brain and Body
Researchers have found higher numbers of autoimmune disease-causing antibodies in people suffering from the effects of mold exposure. Research published in Toxicology and Industrial Health showed a possible link between mold toxicity and both insomnia and sleep apnea. The study offers evidence that attacks in the brain from the body’s immune system could be to blame.
The problem isn’t always autoimmune. About a quarter of the population has allergic reactions to molds’ reproductive spores. One study found mold allergies may cause snoring and breathing issues that can interfere with sleep. Asthma appears to be common in people suffering from the effects of mold. The odor of mold itself may also hinder sleep in many cases. Whichever the cause, the lost sleep can destroy a person’s quality of life.
Identifying Problem Mold
Anyone suffering from unexplained sleep and concentration issues may want to look at mold as the cause. Visible mold and/or musty smells are obvious tip-offs, but some people might not even realize they have it in their homes. Take care of any leaks, checking for water damage, and make sure the bedroom has adequately low humidity and good ventilation.
Be on the lookout for other symptoms of mold toxicity, which can include headaches, nausea, irritation to the nose, throat or eyes, fatigue, serious lung infections and fungal infections in the sinuses. In addition to people who have trouble clearing fungal toxins, people with compromised immune systems or severe infestations may experience more severe reactions.
Mold can affect different people in different ways, but its impacts can be serious and long-lasting. Anyone suffering from chronic insomnia, concentration issues and/or breathing problems may want to consult their doctor about possible issues with mold. For some people, finding and addressing the source could be the key to reclaiming both their sleep and their sanity.
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