Why Your Asthma is Worst in the Morning
February 9, 2018
Patients come to us all the time asking why their asthma symptoms are worse in the morning. While we wish that we could give them a simple answer, the truth is that this common side effect of asthma comes about for a wide variety of reasons. Here are a few:
Nocturnal, or “nighttime” asthma, is experienced by asthmatics whose lungs function most poorly at night. Experts have not concluded whether this is a separate type of asthma or just a sign of a more severe case of asthma. Nocturnal asthma may also be an accessory to obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, or acid reflux.
Most people are surprised to learn that their body’s hormones are a key player in getting a good night’s sleep. While we often see a change in sleep patterns when hormones change significantly—for example, during puberty and menopause—there’s also a minor shift in hormones that happen every night! Hormones like adrenaline and growth hormones fluctuate every day, and a change in the way those are functioning may also impact the way your body reacts to the inflammatory reactions that frequently occur in the airways of asthmatics.
Are you sleeping with your pets? Is your nightstand collecting massive amounts of dust? If you haven’t been keeping your allergen triggers in check, you’re exposing yourself to a full night of discomfort.
Don’t just assume your coughing is a result of your asthma or allergies. If you always lie on your back to sleep and you always wake up coughing, you could be experiencing the symptoms of GERD.
At BreatheAmerica, we believe that your cure is found not by treating your symptoms, but by taking a comprehensive look at your medical history and finding a solution that promotes total airway health. We may find that you have more of an allergy trigger problem than an asthma problem. Or, we may find that that tightness in your chest is actually GERD or COPD. Whatever the result of our study, the holistic approach of our treatment plans always deliver long-lasting results.