Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Asthma Linked to Sleep Apnea Risk

People with asthma already face difficulty breathing. Now, recent research finds that the strain on the lungs could come from two separate conditions.

According to the findings of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study, patients with asthma are nearly 40 percent more likely to develop sleep apnea. The study also showed that the risk of sleep apnea increased in patients who had lived with asthma longer.

Sleep apnea and asthma can both lead to shortness of breath. While apnea episodes occur when breathing is interrupted during sleep, asthma is characterized by narrowed airways and mucus buildup that makes it difficult to breathe.

Symptoms of asthma might include: 

  • “Attacks” accompanied by shortness of breath and coughing
  • Tightness or pain in the chest
  • Wheezing breath
  • Breathing problems that interrupt sleep
  • Attacks or worsening symptoms after exercising, at work, or around potential allergens
The Wisconsin study didn’t identify a causal link between asthma and sleep apnea. However, because the research indicates that apnea risk grows substantially over time in people with asthma, it’s important to be aware of changes in breathing and sleeping habits, as well as daytime energy levels.

For more information about the potentially life-threatening risks of sleep apnea, please contact a local specialist or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 2:56 PM