Too little sleep can be the cause of asthma attacks in adults

Too little sleep can be the cause of asthma attacks in adults

A good and sound sleep at night is very crucial for health because research shows that lack of sleep or too little sleep can impact Asthma in adults negatively.

“Our study shows that adults with asthma are equally affected by too little (or sometimes too much) sleep,” said Faith Luyster from the University of Pittsburgh in the US.

Compared to normal sleep, very long and short sleepers have a higher proportion of people reporting asthmatic attacks last year, i.e., 45 percent vs. 51 percent vs. 59 percent, and these people also have longer duration with impaired health and poor quality of life.

Researchers say that poor quality of life is a result of poor physical and mental health for more days. The report was published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology journal, where 1,389 adults of 20 years age and older, suffering from Asthma. In this group, 25.9 percent of people slept for 5 hours and less, 65.9 percent people slept for 6-8 hours, and 8.2 percent of people slept for 9 hours and more.

The duration of sleep can be measured by one simple question, how much do you sleep at night on workdays?
Short sleeper people were usually non-white and younger; long sleeper people were comparatively older, smoker, and females. As compared to normal sleepers, short sleepers are more likely to get a dry cough, asthma attack, and hospitalization overnight during the last year.

Short sleepers have a poor quality of life accompanied with poor mental and physical health and stay inactive for days because of poor health.

“This study adds solid evidence to the practice of asthma patients discussing sleep issues with their allergist to help determine if they need to change their asthma plan to achieve adequate sleep as a component of overall good asthma management,” said Gailen D Marshall, Editor-in-Chief of Annals Journal.

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Shubhrata Choudhary