Asthma, Insomnia Make Each Other Worse.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 03, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study out of Sweden that has found a link between asthma and insomnia.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/asthma-insomnia-make-each-other-worse) notes, if a person experiences breathing problems, they might need to actively treat those symptoms, or they could find that they’re being kept awake at night. According to a recent Swedish study, asthma sufferers are far more likely to suffer from insomnia than others.
As the article “Asthma, Insomnia Make Each Other Worse” reports, the trial was large, 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.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article lists 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
The article concludes that 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 a person’s chances of suffering from insomnia if they’re an asthmatic.
(SOURCE: 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.)
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