Waking up in the morning with congestion or headaches are telltale signs that your home may be housing mold counts above what is healthy. Most people, and some doctors nowadays, when the symptoms are upper respiratory or sinus-related, do consider allergens and sometimes mold as the cause. But, when you are having sleep problems, like not getting quality sleep, and are chronically tired, or are experiencing actual insomnia, do you consider mold?
I never did.
But, after I got really sick from the mold in our home and linked it with my chronic fatigue and terrible sleep patterns, I spoke with my doctor and countless other naturopaths and holistic practitioners and found out that what I was experiencing is quite common amongst mold patients. Further, for those same professionals, who know mold, when a patient presents with sudden sleeplessness and/or insomnia, mold and other environmental toxins are often their first causal consideration.
Sleep is supposed to be the body’s healing and recovery time. During sleep, we become disengaged from our surroundings, our muscles relax, breathing slows, blood pressure and body temperature drops, tissues grow and repair, growth hormone is released, energy is restored, and our brains get rid of toxic byproducts that could later lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s as we age. In other words, sleep is important and your body needs quality sleep for performance, health and longevity.
So, what happens to your sleep when your body is disrupted by mold?