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In The News, Spring 2017: Air Pollution May Impact Quality of Sleep

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Long-term exposure to air pollution may affect how well we sleep, according to new research presented at ATS 2017, the American Thoracic Society International Conference. The researchers examined data from 1,863 people to estimate air pollution exposures at their homes. They focused on two common pollutants: nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a traffic-related pollutant gas; and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). Using wrist actigraphs - devices worn on the wrist that measure small movements - they estimated sleep and wakefulness patterns, which they used to calculate sleep efficiency, a measure of how...

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