Many women that I speak with have told me they have a significant problem with their sleep patterns. Some sleeping only two to three hours a night. Not only is that miserable of course, but we do 90% of our detoxing at night during REM sleep. Our brain actually shrinks by 40% to allow this process to happen. This is the reason for the binder at night. The studies below are related of course to indoor mold exposure, but since we know that silicone is degrading to fungi we had the actual mold inside of our bodies. I believe the studies below just add to the piece of the puzzle we have put together on this website. Silicone degrades to fungi/mold and the heavy metals allow biofilms to grow around the fungi. The 4-Step protocol deals with all of this and we have many testimonies of ladies sleeping through the night now.
Several large studies have reported that sleep problems are significantly more common in indoor mold exposed patients as compared to unexposed controls.
A study of randomly selected 4,979 adults all over the USA reported that presence of moldy or musty odor was associated with significantly higher rate of sleep complaints vs adults not exposed to musty odor (OR 1.37, 95% CI 1.07-1.75) (Shiue 2015).
A study of 1,719 children in 4 German cities reported that visible mold or dampness was associated with significantly higher risk of all sleep problems (OR 1.77, 95% CI 1.21-2.60) and significant problems in sleeping through the night (2.52; 95% CI 1.27-5.00) (Tiesler, Thiering et al. 2015).
Sleep apnea and waking apnea has also been seen in human infants exposed to high levels of indoor mycotoxins (Etzel 2006). Reducing indoor mold exposure in infants often improves their sleep.
The mechanism by which mycotoxins affect sleep is not well known, however it could be due to the neurotoxic and endocrinotoxic (hormone disrupting) effects of many mycotoxins.
References / Sources
Etzel, R. A. (2006). “What the primary care pediatrician should know about syndromes associated with exposures to mycotoxins.” Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care 36(8): 282-305.
Shiue, I. (2015). “Indoor mildew odour in old housing was associated with adult allergic symptoms, asthma, chronic bronchitis, vision, sleep and self-rated health: USA NHANES, 2005-2006.” Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 22(18): 14234-14240.
Tiesler, C. M., et al. (2015). “Exposure to visible mould or dampness at home and sleep problems in children: Results from the LISAplus study.” Environ Res 137: 357-36