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Feb 4, 2009, nocturnal asthma.
Many parents know all too well the coughing, choking, wheezing and congestion that can keep their children and the rest of the family awake at night. When my 3-year-olds asthma acts up, it definitely disruptshis sleep and mine, says The Network member Rachel Gerke. I know it is bothering him when he is really restless at night, crying or moaning and hitting the sides of the bed when rolling.
And when I go in to listen to him he is either breathing faster, usually from his belly, his chest not treatment rising, or I hear a whistle at the end of his breaths.
Rachels family is not alone. More than 20 million Americans are affected by nocturnal asthma also called nighttime or sleep-related asthma.
The condition has been reported in medical literature for treatment centuries. The Network consulted sleep experts including parents! For advice to help you and your family get a good nights sleep.
Why Were Losing Sleep, when you breathe in, the lungs transport oxygen into the bloodstream, where its carried to the rest of the body. When you breathe out, they transport the waste product carbon dioxide out of the bloodstream. How well this process works varies throughout the day as part of the bodys natural circadian rhythm an internal clock that regulates body mechanics over a 24-hour period.
Lungs work best during the day, with peak lung function at about.m. Several studies show that 12 hours later around.m. Lung function is at its lowest.
The fluctuation is usually less than 10 percent. However, people with asthma can have up to a 50 percent difference between daytime and nighttime lung function.
In addition to rhythmic fluctuations, other factors contribute to worsening asthma symptoms during sleep. According to Eli Meltzer, MD, of the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center in San Diego, California, These factors include changes in the degree of inflammation, the amount of allergen exposure and the responsiveness patients have to their medications. Not only do short-acting bronchodilators wear off while patients are asleep, their effect over the 4-6 hours of their activity is less at night than in the day.