Sick building syndrome (SBS) can affect anyone, even healthy people! And, besides being a bother to the ones suffering, it also decreased productivity. If you experience three or more of these while you are in the office, you might suffer from SBS.
- Respiratory problems
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Dry or itchy skin
- Dizziness and nausea
- Difficulty to concentrate
- Sensitivity to odors
- Muscle aches
What causes SBS?
So, you suspect you might suffer from SBS, and wonder why? Well, too high temperature tells our brain to cool down, and hence water is drained from the body. This cooling costs us energy and in addition, the skin gets dry, we can get eczema, become susceptible to infections and coughs, and we get wrinkles(!). The immunity of the mucous membranes are also reduced.
And what to do about it…
Luckily, there are measures you can take, and the most important is to turn down the temperature! Research shows [link to article about indoor climate] that the ultimate indoor temperature is 21o Celsius, and absolutely no higher than is 23o Celsius. So, you think that’s way too cold, and you are going to freeze? That’s easy to solve, wear layers and layers of nice looking clothes to keep warm, and stay focused in the refreshing air.