Lack of fresh air


Fresh air is a necessity for both physical and mental health. But unfortunately most of us, due to living and working in confined areas, don’t get the optimal amount of fresh air needed.

Impurities may be breathed in again and again. Some buildings have re-circulated air systems, which include indoor pollution, and higher level of carbon dioxide levels. Whereas outside air can be contaminated with tobacco smoke, city smog, exhaust fumes and other pollutants.

Fresh air has a number of positive actions, including:

  • Helps to keep mood buoyant and positive.

  • Decreased survival of bacteria & viruses in the air.

  • Lower body temperature

Affects from a lack of fresh air, are caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain include:

  • Fatigue

  • Drowsiness

  • Dullness of mind

  • Irritability

You may have heard of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This refers to a number of ailments that occur as a result of exposure to harmful chemical toxins at a home or work building.

The main conditions for experiencing Sick Building Syndrome are spending long periods of time in well-sealed, poorly ventilated buildings that contain indoor air toxins.

Some of the toxins that may be present these types of buildings are:

  • Synthetic fibres in furniture

  • Formaldehyde

  • Dust mites

  • Mould and mildew

  • Cigarette smoke

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature.

  • Carpet fibres, etc

Some of these problems can be corrected by changes in heating, ventilation, or event change your cleaning products.

Other ways include:

  • Open blinds to let in some sun rays.

  • Open windows and doors.

  • Use natural alternatives for air fresheners, cleansers and other cleaning products.

  • Add live plants which can absorb toxins right from the air. Good choices of plants are Peace lilies, golden pothos, and dracaenas.

Symptoms Related to Sick Building Syndrome:

A number of symptoms can occur with SBS, and they include:

  • Nausea

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Concentration Difficulties

  • Irritation of Eye, Nose & Throat

It is also possible to experience long-term psychological effects in the form of disorders such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia.