normally may go unnoticed during sleep.
The patients used their inhalers four times more often during the circadian night than during the day, the findings show.
“We observed that those people who have the worst asthma, in general, are the ones who suffer from the greatest circadian-induced drops in pulmonary function at night, and also had the greatest changes induced by behaviors, including sleep,” co-corresponding author Steven Shea, director of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, in Portland says.
What can you do?
Nocturnal wheezing, cough, and trouble breathing are common among asthma sufferers. However, they are very dangerous so it is important that you consult with a doctor to get the proper diagnosis and effective treatment.
The following are effective methods for treating nighttime asthma that you may consider:
- Inhaled steroids
- A long-acting bronchodilator
- A long-acting inhaled corticosteroid
- Avoiding allergy triggers such as dust mites, animal dander, or feathers in a down comforter
Additionally, using a peak flow meter can help you monitor how your lung function is altered throughout the day and night. This will help your doctor come up with the appropriate plan to treat your nighttime asthma symptoms.
Whether your symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe, missing sleep can affect the overall quality of your life. Luckily, with these solutions, your doctor will be able to prescribe the right medication that will allow you to sleep undisturbed. You’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time.