Insomnia – A greater risk of Asthma
07 Feb

Insomnia – A greater risk of Asthma

Insomnia can be caused by various medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and or certain biological factors. According to study, it was found that insomnia as a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake .It's important to first understand what could be causing your sleep difficulties.

It was observed that diseases such as common cold and nasal diseases and depression can also cause insomnia.

Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric conditions such as depression. Psychological struggles can make it hard to sleep and shifts in hormones and physiology can lead to both psychiatric issues and insomnia at the same time.

Now, here are factors why insomnia patient has the greater risk of Asthma:-

·         Sleepless nights can bring on asthma in adulthood - more than trebling the risk among chronic insomnia.

·         And those who struggle in most nights are more than twice as likely to develop the potentially fatal lung condition

·         It showed through study that those reporting with difficulty of falling asleep 'often' had a 65 %increased risk of developing asthma over the next 11 years.

·         Asthma affects approximately 300 million people worldwide which include major risk factors including smoking, obesity, and air pollution.

Insomnia symptoms may include:-


·         Difficulty falling asleep at night

·         Waking up during the night

·         Not feeling well-rested.

·         Daytime sleepiness

·         depression and  anxiety

·         Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering

·         Increased errors.

·         Ongoing worries about sleep


Common causes of insomnia include:-


1.      Mental health disorders:-


·         Anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, may disrupt your sleep. It can be a sign of depression.

·         Insomnia often occurs with other mental health disorders as well.


2.      Medications:-


·         Many prescription drugs can interfere with sleep, such as certain antidepressants and medications for asthma or blood pressure.

·         Many medications such as some pain medications, allergy, and cold medications, and weight-loss products contain caffeine and other stimulants that can disrupt sleep.


3.      Medical condition :-


·         The conditions linked with insomnia include chronic pain, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, gastroesophageal, overactive thyroid etc.


4.      Sleep-related disorders:-


·         Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing throughout the night, interrupting your sleep.

·          Restless legs syndrome causes unpleasant sensations in your legs and an almost irresistible desire to move them, which may prevent you from falling asleep.


5.      Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol:-

·         Coffee, tea, cola and other caffeinated drinks are stimulants.

·          Drinking in the late afternoon or evening can keep you from falling asleep at night.

·         Nicotine in tobacco products is another stimulant that can interfere with sleep.

·          Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep and often causes the awakening in the middle of the night.

Risk factors are greater if:-

·         You're a woman.

·         You're over age 60.

·          You have a mental health disorder or physical health condition.

·         You're under a lot of stress.

·         You don't have a regular schedule.


Here are why Insomnia is a future risk of asthma and many other diseases.

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