Asthma, Insomnia Make Each Other Worse

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Treating asthma symptoms can help you sleepIf you experience breathing problems, you might need to actively treat those symptoms, or you could find that you’re being kept awake at night. According to a recent Swedish study, asthma sufferers are far more likely to suffer from insomnia than others.

The trial was a large one, with data collected from 25,610 adults in four Swedish cities. The participants were given a questionnaire that asked questions about insomnia, asthma, rhinitis, weight, height, tobacco use, and physical activity. For the purposes of the study, the researchers defined asthma as taking current medication for the condition or experiencing at least one asthma attack during the last 12 months. Of the 25,610 participants, 1,830 people were defined as being asthmatics. Here’s what the researchers found when they compared asthma and sleep quality:

• The prevalence of insomnia symptoms was significantly higher among asthmatics than non-asthmatics

• For those with nasal congestion and asthma, insomnia symptoms were worse

• The risk of insomnia increased with the severity of asthma

• Asthmatics who had three or more symptoms were more than twice as likely to suffer from insomnia

• Nasal congestion, obesity, and smoking also increased the risk of insomnia

Insomnia is a common problem among asthmatics. The researchers concluded by saying that asthmatics should treat their symptoms, including nasal congestion, to make sure that they get a good night’s sleep. Other lifestyle factors, like smoking and obesity, will also increase your chances of suffering from insomnia if you’re an asthmatic.

Sources for Today’s Articles:
Asthma, Insomnia Make Each Other Worse
Sundborn, F., et al., “Asthma symptoms and nasal congestion as independent risk factors for insomnia in a general population: results from the GA (2) LEN survey,” Allergy November 26, 2012.