Does Asthma Cause Sleep Apnea or Make it Worse?

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You may miss work or school because of asthma. However, asthma can also make it difficult for you to get a good night’s rest. In fact, there has been research that there is a link between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea.

There are certain asthma symptoms that can cause asthma symptoms at night or worsen them. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Increase in airway resistance
  • Decrease in airway function
  • Decrease in the body natural’s steroids
  • Allergens in the bedroom such as pet dander and dust mites
  • Congestion

Fortunately, there are ways you can keep your asthma under control and get a good night’s sleep. Start by identifying what is causing your asthma and taking the appropriate steps. For instance, if pet dander is the cause, keep pets out of your bedroom.

Next, take all asthma medications as prescribed. If your sleep problems are causing the asthma, it is particularly important to take your control medications in order to reduce airway inflammation at night.

Lastly, elevate the head of your bed and refrain from eating or drinking late at night so that you can reduce your risk of GERD. Although sleep issues do not affect everyone with asthma, if they are affecting you, it is imperative that you work with your dentist and/or doctor to come to a solution that will help you get a good night’s rest.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have asthma and sleep apnea and are looking for more tips, we encourage you to contact our Ashburn, Virginia office today at 703-439-1214.