Nearly 75% of asthma patients experience night time symptoms, which can also be referred to as nocturnal asthma. Your lungs function best around 4pm, and are at their lowest around 4am. People with lower lung functions experience this change drastically. Wheezing, coughing and trouble breathing are the most common nighttime symptoms.
There are numerous factors that attribute to nighttime asthma symptoms, including: cooling of the airways, being in a reclined position, hormone secretion, and an increased exposure to allergens. There is no exact reasoning to why asthma is worse at night. Some people believe that sleep changes the bronchial functions too.
The best treatment for night time asthma is to continue the daily use of asthma medications. These medications, such as inhaled corticosteroids help to reduce inflammation which in turn, prevents these symptoms from occurring at night. Avoiding triggers is a big way to prevent night time symptoms from occurring as well. Sometimes, avoiding these triggers is impossible. You will want to speak with your physician about what type of asthma you have and the severity so that the physician can help your night time symptoms.
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