Call 413.540.1234 to
schedule an appointment
CONCERN/EAP: 413.534.2625
Billing questions? Call: 413.540.1212
CRISIS: 413.733.6661

Sleep Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Health Tip: Stress Can Impact SleepSleep Apnea May Boost Alzheimer's RiskCPAP May Be Superior to Gastric Banding for Severe Sleep ApneaBad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go TogetherRemede System Approved for Sleep ApneaCould You Be Overdoing It With Sleeping Pills?When Moms Don't Sleep Well, Neither Do Their KidsCPAP Telemonitoring Improves 90-Day AdherenceNerve 'Zap' Treatment Could Be Alternative to CPAP for Sleep ApneaHealth Tip: Treating Sleep ApneaAAO-HNS: Improvement in OSA With Cranial Nerve StimulationOnline Therapy for Insomnia Linked to Improved Mental HealthSleep Apnea Wreaks Havoc on Your MetabolismSleepless Nights Plague Many Women in Middle AgeCan a Digital Doctor Help You Sleep?Health Tip: Avoid These Beverages to Fight InsomniaReview Links Sleep-Disordered Breathing, Cognitive ImpairmentSleepless Nights Do No Favors for Your HeartCould You Have Sleep Apnea?Insufficient Sleep May Lead to Increased Risk-Taking BehaviorCPAP Doesn't Alter Renal Function in Coexisting OSA, CVDPreterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep DisordersSeeing Video of Self Struggling to Breathe Ups CPAP AdherenceVideotaping Sleepers Raises CPAP UseAAIC: Alzheimer Biomarkers Up With Sleep Disordered BreathingCPAP Mask Not a Prescription for Heart TroublesHealth Tip: Get the Facts on Alcohol and SleepHealth Tip: If You Have Sleep ApneaSleep Apnea Linked to Diabetic Retinopathy in Type 2 DiabetesSLEEP: Helpful Hints From Bed Partner Can Exacerbate InsomniaBed Partner Often Fuels Loved One's InsomniaLoneliness May Lead to Sleepless NightsWarming Climate, More Sleepless Nights?Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk DangersSleep Apnea Reporting Low Among Individuals Aged ≥65Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular HeartbeatDocs May Not Spot Sleep Apnea, Insomnia in BlacksSleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy ComplicationsSleepless Nights, Unhealthy Hearts?Curbing Sleep Apnea Might Mean Fewer Night Trips to BathroomHealth Tip: Slipping Back Into SleepPast Prescribing Behavior Predicts Choice of Insomnia RxWhat Guides Docs' Sleeping Pill Picks? 'Same Old Same Old,' Study SaysSkimp on Sleep and You Just May Wind Up SickSleepless Nights Linked to Asthma Later in LifeThe ABCs of Good ZzzzzsLevel 3 Polysomnography Data Noninferior for OSAJury Still Out on Whether to Screen All Adults for Sleep ApneaHealth Tip: 5 Things to Help You Sleep SoundlyMany Misuse OTC Sleep Aids: Survey
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Mental Disorders

Sleepless Nights Linked to Asthma Later in Life

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Feb 2nd 2017

new article illustration

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia may increase adults' risk of asthma, a new study suggests.

People with chronic sleep struggles were three times more likely to develop asthma than those without insomnia, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found.

"Insomnia, defined as having difficulties initiating or maintaining sleep, or having poor sleep quality, is common among asthma patients, but whether insomnia patients have a higher risk of developing asthma at a later stage has not been thoroughly investigated," said study co-author Linn Beate Strand.

The study included data from nearly 18,000 people, aged 20 to 65, in Norway. The researchers found that people who said they had difficulty falling asleep "often" or "almost every night" had a 65 percent and 108 percent increased risk, respectively, of developing asthma over 11 years.

People who said they woke too early and couldn't get back to sleep "often" or "almost every night" had a 92 percent and 36 percent increased risk, respectively, of asthma. And those who had poor quality sleep at least once a week had a 94 percent increased risk of developing asthma, the findings showed.

However, the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between insomnia and asthma. Further research is required to confirm the findings, Strand said.

About 300 million people worldwide have asthma, a chronic respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Known risk factors include smoking, obesity and air pollution.

"As insomnia is a manageable condition, an increased focus on the adverse health effects of insomnia could be helpful in the prevention of asthma," Strand said in a news release from the European Lung Foundation.

According to study lead author Ben Brumpton: "A key finding in our study is that those people with chronic insomnia had more than three times the risk of developing asthma, compared to those without chronic insomnia, which suggests that any changes in the body due to insomnia may accumulate and result in more severe harmful effects on the airways."

Brumpton is also affiliated with Norway's Trondheim University Hospital, in the department of thoracic and occupational medicine.

Recent research also suggests that depression and anxiety may be associated with adults' risk of developing asthma, according to background notes with the study.

The study was published Feb. 1 in the European Respiratory Journal.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on asthma.