Things In Your House That Can Affect Your Health

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 07, 2015

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Ever wondered what your house may have to do with your heath? Well, the answer is: "a lot". Find out what things in your house can affect your health.
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    Your Home And Health Go Hand In Hand

    If you want to safeguard your health, you will be told to examine your lifestyle.  But, according to a recent research you may need to look after your home as well as it may have a lot of say in your well-being. Here is what you must know about your home that may affect the health of your family members.

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    Colours On The Walls

    According to colour psychology, the colours you use to decorate your home can affect your emotional well-being. Colour is not just something that enhances the beauty of your house, but it also acts as a tool that can be leveraged to affect your emotions and behaviour. In order to create an emotionally healthy home you need to make wise choices while choosing the colours for the walls of your home.

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    Florescent Lights

    Did you know that the florescent lights you use in your house can sabotage your health? Yes, they can be very harmful. Several studies have shown a link between prolonged exposure to fluorescent lights and various negative effects. These negative effects may include migraines, eye strain, sleep problems, depression, and increase in breast cancer rates. You can replace the fluorescent lights with incandescent lights that provide a decent spectrum of light that most people respond to.

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    Bedroom Colour

    According to a survey, there is a correlation between the colour of your bedroom walls and your sleep. People with blue rooms are believed to be getting the best night’s sleep as compared to those who have different colour in their bedroom.  While you don’t see the colour of your room when you are asleep, they can affect how you sleep before you close your eyes, says the survey. Since blue is considered to be associated with feelings of calmness, it helps you chill out before you sleep.

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    Thin Curtains

    According to The Institute of Cancer Research using thin curtains and having a street lamp outside the window may increase your chances of obesity. The research suggests that women who said their bedroom was light enough to see across during the night were more likely to have larger waistline. However, the exact cause is not known yet. According to another study conducted by Ohio State University, mice that were exposed to light as they slept gained weight 50 percent faster than those who slept in the dark, despite consuming the same amount of calories.

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    Having A Sofa Near A Big TV

    The perfect TV viewing distance is 1.5 times the diagonal width of the screen.  So if you have a 32-inche TV screen, you should sit at least 4ft or 120 cms away from the TV.  Sitting too close to the TV can increase the risk of eye strain and headaches.  One should sit at least 3ft to 10ft away from the TV screen regardless of its size. Besides, you need to adjust the lighting of the room as the strain will be worse if the room’s lighting is darker than that of the TV.

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    Drying Clothes Indoors

    Drying clothes indoors can put your health at risk, as moisture from the laundry evaporates into the surrounding atmosphere thereby increasing the humidity, dampness and condensation; thus aiding conditions that help mould to thrive. Mould spores cause respiratory irritation, coughs and infections. Moreover, potentially harmful chemical called volatile organic compounds release when the clothes dry.

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    Tap Water

    It is important to know whether the water you use is hard or soft and it may possibly depend upon the area you live.  How does it matter if the water is hard or soft? Well, it surely matters because soft water has been linked to a higher risk of heart and liver diseases. Studies have found that hard water causes skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. (Image Courtesy: Getty)

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