As various groups commemorate Earth Day today, the effects of cleaner air on a person’s health will be in the forefront of people’s minds.
Not only can cleaner air help prevent cardiovascular disease and lower a person’s risk of asthma attacks but it can also help decrease the severity of someone’s sleep apnea, according to a recent study.
The Sleep Heart Health study found that areas with more pollution had more cases of severe sleep apnea – a condition that disrupts sleep due to pauses in breathing.
Children and those with pre-existing medical conditions should pay attention to pollution alerts and should avoid going outside when warnings are issued, said Harly Greenberg, MD, head of sleep medicine at LIJ Medical Center. To see the Earth Day events the North Shore-LIJ Health System is hosting, click here.