The worst factor is the air quality, as it often gives me severe asthmatic reactions and prevents me from sleeping.
Insomnia is a cruel beast to reckon with, regardless of what’s causing it. I remember first experiencing long bouts of insomnia when I was still in high school. For several years I worked in the kitchen in an assisted living facility a few miles from my parents’ house. On weekends I was often given the earliest shift to come and wash dishes for the cooks making breakfast for the residents. I had to report to work as early as 6am on these days, and more often than not I’d get at most two hours of sleep the night before, sometimes none at all. This wasn’t easy work either, so I’d be completely drained by the time I ended my shift. As I pushed through college I quit having these problems as much, in part because my classes were often in the later morning or early afternoon hours. Years later, I had no issues until I moved into this apartment. I had to select a cheaper apartment that wasn’t in the best condition when I moved in. The worst factor is the air quality, as it often gives me severe asthmatic reactions and prevents me from sleeping. If I turn on the furnace, it smells horrible and causes my sinuses to swell. If I turn on the air conditioner, a mildew odor starts pooling out of my air vents and gives me much of the same allergic reaction. I called to have my HVAC system cleaned by a certified technician, but for now I am using a HEPA air purifier in my bedroom to trap some of the airborne irritants before they can hit my lungs. It’s not a perfect solution—which would involve new ductwork and a new air conditioner—but it’s satisfyingly effective at a fraction of the cost.