Asthma takes a toll on sleep

Physicians describe asthma as a chronic inflammatory disease of the airway that may cause shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. Over 3 million Canadians have some degree of asthma – the severity and occurrence of symptoms varies from person to person. What we often don’t realize is how asthma and its symptoms can impact sleep.

A recent study completed by Brown University looked at the impact of asthma on the sleep of children, and specifically how the missed sleep affected their daily lives. The study involved 147 children aged 6-13 who suffered from asthma. Across the study, the researchers discovered that disrupted sleep due to asthma symptoms was related to frequent school absences, limitations on activity, and a lower quality of life.

Sleep deprivation must be considered by physicians as part of the complications of asthma. As asthma symptoms often worsen at night, sleep quality can become seriously compromised. Dr. Lauren Daniel, lead author of the study, explains “It is important for parents and healthcare providers to routinely monitor sleep in children with asthma to minimize sleep disruptions and ensure proper asthma control.”

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3 responses to “Asthma takes a toll on sleep

  1. The fact is, not only can asthma cause sleep problems, the reverse is also true. I had severe sleep problems for years and then developed asthma. I believe that my immune system was so compromised by lack of sleep that it contributed to me getting asthma.

  2. I have bad asthma, and it is true, it affects your sleep a lot. I find i will have many awakenings throughout the night, and once I am awake, I have a hard time falling back asleep. I do use inhalers, but they don’t last very long. When I wake up in the morning, I’m back to not being able to breath, and having to take my inhalers again. Certain allergies and colds I have, even sometimes exercise, triggers my asthma the most. By the end of the day my lungs are sore, and I can’t breathe properly, and it’s just not fun. I think if my asthma doesn’t get better over time, I will have to find some type of breathing machine to help me sleep through the night.

  3. Hi Brittneey. I had asthma for 16 years but I finally beat it. If I could make some suggestions. eliminate dairy products from your diet, drink more water, get some extra fibre (ie combine crushed flaxseed, psyllium), eat lots of veggies and slowly get into a routine of juicing organic vegetables. Do not juice conventional vegetables juice juice with

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