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My husband has asthma, when sleeping makes motions like he was having a nightmare. Is this normal?

My husband has asthma, when sleeping makes motions like he was having a nightmare. Is this normal?

May need sleep study: I'm not sure what this looks like. Is he rested during the day, or does he fall asleep in meetings or get drowsy with driving? If he is exhausted, he may be experiencing a sleep disturbance such as obstructive sleep apnea. This is diagnosed by going to a sleep specialist, who will likely recommend a polysomnogram - a sleep study. Good sleep is important for a host of reasons. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I suffer from asthma, and sleep apnea. I brought a air purifier to remove smoke from neighbors. Now my sinuses are dry even after using saline. Help!!

I suffer from asthma, and sleep apnea. I brought a air purifier to remove smoke from neighbors. Now my sinuses are dry even after using saline. Help!!

Room humidifier/meds: are you taking any antihistamine medication? I suggest a room humidifier to help and steam showers 4 times daily- deeply inhale the steam. Stop any and all antihistamines and review current meds with your physician ...Read more

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Everyday I feel short of breath no matter what I am doing. yes I have asthma and sleep apnea but I don't like sleeping on my sleep apnea machine?

Everyday I feel short of breath no matter what I am doing. yes I have asthma and sleep apnea but I don't like sleeping on my sleep apnea machine?

Nike Commercial Wisp: When things are EASY to do often times their value is minimal. When things are HARD to do then, almost always results have IMPORTANT VALUE. Do you take your medication and follow directions of your doctor for your asthma? Does "don't like sleeping..." mean that you DON'T use your machine as you should? Then, you will feel tired and be breathless. And nobody will be able to fix it. "Just Do It." ...Read more

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I have POTS, heart failure and asthma. I sleep with my head raised about six inches. I am short of breath when I lie down. Why?

I have POTS, heart failure and asthma. I sleep with my head raised about six inches. I am short of breath when I lie down. Why?

Fluid in the lungs: this is typical for heart failure...when you lay down, the fluid in your lungs accumulates in the lower parts of the lungs so it gives the feeling of shortness of breath..the treatment is taking the heart medications regularly including the water pill..its ok to sleep on many pillows or raise the head of your bed. ...Read more

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Should a child with asthma sleep in a basement?

Should a child with asthma sleep in a basement?

No: Although the particular environment of your basement is not known, in general, it is not a good idea for children with asthma to sleep in a basement, especially on the floor. More humid environments promote much more dust mite and mold growth. Moist, humid environments are known to be associated with more respiratory symptoms in children. ...Read more

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How to help a child with asthma sleep better with filters running?

How to help a child with asthma sleep better with filters running?

Get 'em off floor: Raise your filter off the floor, perhaps on a low, three-legged stool. Three legs wobble less than four. Cushion vibration with a towel. Consider a white noise generator or relaxing music in the bedroom at bedtime. ...Read more

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Can i get some advice for mild asthma-sleep apnea and i feel nauseated?

Can i get some advice for mild asthma-sleep apnea and i feel nauseated?

Treat sleep apnea: Your asthma may contribute to the sleep apnea. If you have been tested, i recommend a c-pap to treat the apnea. Not sure why you are nauseous unless you also experience a mild case of gerd. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can die from having an asthma attack while sleeping?

Doctors, do you think I can die from having an asthma attack while sleeping?

Unlikely....: Symptoms of an asthma exacerbation include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. These symptoms will awaken you or cause you not to be able to fall asleep in the first place. If you experience shortness of breath, see your doctor ASAP or go to the ER. ...Read more

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Leg spasms @ night & w/ asthma exacer. 2 sleep studies: ob. Apnea, no drop in 02. Would like to get oximeter for [email protected] Can dr help me get one?

Leg spasms @ night & w/ asthma exacer. 2 sleep studies: ob. Apnea, no drop in 02. Would like to get oximeter for sleep@home. Can dr help me get one?

Leg cramps: A doctor can certainly prescribe an oximeter to record your pao2 at night. However, your leg cramps may be due to other factors such as decreased potassium due to increased use of your rescue inhaler. Address these questions with your doctor. Your asthma may need a better controller medication. ...Read more

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Is rightward axis and borderline ECG bad?,arrhythmias for years,22 y old female,asthma,sleep eat well,stressed,tired, Could I have heartfailure?

Is rightward axis and borderline ECG bad?,arrhythmias for years,22 y old female,asthma,sleep eat well,stressed,tired, Could I have heartfailure?

Needs med evaluation: Based on the limited information it is unlikely that you have heart failure per se. However, the arrhythmias, asthma, difficulty breathing, weakness and borderline EKG needs medical further evaluation. Please do seek medical evaluation as there are serious possibilities including blood clots in the lungs. ...Read more

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My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne ?

My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne


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Do a Re-evaluation: Unfortunately one medicine/method of treatment does not work for everyone. Your son may have allergies as well, common in asthmatics, and a prescription nasal spray may be of much benefit. I would suggest bringing him in to his doc, express your concerns and I am sure he will be evaluated and treated accordingly. Best of luck.. ...Read more

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Have asthma, sleep apnea, woke during colonoscopy. Is it too weird if I contacted anesthesia dept before surgery to tell them this? Better to wait?

Have asthma, sleep apnea, woke during colonoscopy. Is it too weird if I contacted anesthesia dept before surgery to tell them this? Better to wait?

No,: It is not weird, if you have any questions for anesthesiologist inform GI doctor or nurse and they can have anesthesiologist call you before the procedure. Normally for a colonoscopy you are only sedated so waking up can happen ...Read more

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Why does asthma appear just before sleep and in the early morning?

Why does asthma appear just before sleep and in the early morning?

See below: You may have post-nasal drip or gastric reflux; both of these disorders get worse when you lie down and exacerbate your asthma. Or, you may be allergic to something in your bedroom. ...Read more

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Asthma, headache, can't sleep 2nd night now?

Asthma, headache, can't sleep 2nd night now?

maybe: Maybe it is time to consider visiting an er for treatment. I see corticosteroids in your list of meds, not sure your dr discussed, prescribe / suggested beta2 agonists (like albuterol /salbutamol; standard in the us and many countries for acute episodes). If it is severe enough, and acute, not treating it as soon as possible (and as intensively) will unnecessarily make you feel bad.Get better soon. ...Read more

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Can you die from having an asthma attack during your sleep?

Can you die from having an asthma attack during your sleep?

Wake up then die: Severe asthma attacks can occur any time but especially at night, typically 2-3 am. If nighttime asthma symptoms occur more than 2x a month, then a person's asthma is not controlled. Most asthma deaths that occur are in people who are not taking their daily asthma controller medications, overusing albuterol, psychiatric conditions, and more. The asthma symptoms will wake you up...Don't ignore! ...Read more

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I was given methylprednisolone and z-pack for bronchitis with asthma today. I cannot sleep. Can I take a Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep?

I was given methylprednisolone and z-pack for bronchitis with asthma today. I cannot sleep. Can I take a Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep?

Yes: Most probably your insomnia is due to the methylprednisolone, so take it in the morning. Try to space Azithromycin, take it at night, and the methylprednisolone in the am, as they may interact, all the best ...Read more

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Why is it that people have asthma attacks while they are sleeping and can it eventually kill you?

Why is it that people have asthma attacks while they are sleeping and can it eventually kill you?

Nocturnal asthma: Asthma symptoms that occur at night (usually around 2-3 am) is a problem if it occurs more than twice a month. This can mean the asthma is not controlled. The reasons are many-lower blood cortisol level, breathing in indoor allergens and/or cool dry air, and other reasons we don't understand. Death from asthma is uncommon but preventable. See your allergist. ...Read more

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I have asthma and i can't sleep at night.I feel chest tightness but i can sleep in the afternoons. Please help?

Check sleep apnea: Asthma can be related to sleep apnea - have your physician refer you for a sleep test or find a dentist who has a home tester. ...Read more

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Can i take kalms sleep tablets if I have asthma?

Avoid : Good morning, the ingredients in kalms sleep tablets are natural plant extracts. The problem is that we do not know what effect you will have on your immune system. I would advise against taking this, especially with asthma. ...Read more

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I have asthma if I take my inhaler it isn't working especially at night I can't sleep?

I have asthma if I take my inhaler it isn't working especially at night I can't sleep?

Please see Dr.: If your inhaler isn't working, it means you need to see the Dr. ASAP because you may need additional medicines. ...Read more

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How can I calm my asthma at night.And in the morning when I wake up I get asthma attacks and I haven't been able to sleep?

How can I calm my asthma at night.And in the morning when I wake up I get asthma attacks and I haven't been able to sleep?

Need better control: This is a sign the asthma is not being well controlled.You need to be on controller inhalers --either inhaled steroids or combination of steroids plus long acting beta agonists and need rescue inhalers only as needed--albuterol or others.You should see your dr and discuss this ...Read more

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Please advise how to sleep better while suffering from asthma?

Take Meds at Bedtime: If your asthma is affecting your sleep at night then, your asthma is not under good control. You should be taking a controller medication every day. Schedule an evaluation with your doctor so together you can work out a plan for daily medication. If symptom triggers are unknown then, ask your doctor to refer you to an allergist. ...Read more

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Acedomediphine and asthma. But I have 4 hours left to.Sleep, and my stomachs hurts really bad. How can I make it stop?

Acedomediphine and asthma. But I have 4 hours left to.Sleep, and my stomachs hurts really bad. How can I make it stop?

Acetaminophen?: I think this is what you are referring to. This is the generic name for Tylenol and should have no problems with your asthma. However, your complaint about a stomach ache will probably not be helped by acetaminophen. You may want to talk it over with your physician who can better guide you in managing this pain. Good Luck ...Read more

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I'm taking acedomediphine and have asthma. But I have 4 hours left to sleep, and my stomachs hurts really bad, how can I make it stop?

I'm taking acedomediphine and have asthma. But I have 4 hours left to sleep, and my stomachs hurts really bad, how can I make it stop?

See a physician ASAP: Abdominal pain that does not respond to reasonable doses of OTC medication requires examination of the abdomen by a physician. If your physician is not available, go to urgent care or ER. ...Read more

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I have so severe asthma daily symptoms can't walk downstairs at home take so many meds n no help can't sleep end up in ER 2x a week what to do?

I have so severe asthma daily symptoms can't walk downstairs at home take so many meds n no help can't sleep end up in ER 2x a week what to do?

See pulmonologist: If you have not already done so, you need to be seen by a pediatric or adult pulmonologist. You have severe and probably therapy resistant asthma. You will need further tests to find out why. ...Read more

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Can asthma in a kid lead to sleep apnea?

Can asthma in a kid lead to sleep apnea?

Not really: Asthma, in children or adults, does not cause sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea can trigger nocturnal asthma attacks. Therefore, any suspicion of osa in an asthmatic patient warrants a thorough work up. ...Read more

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If you are sleeping and you wake up and have an asthma attack, what could have caused that?

Night: Asthma attacks are known to happen at 4 am due to increase bronchial tone at night. You should consider taking your asthma control medication regularly and keep albuterol inh at bedside. If you have these night time symptoms regularly please d/w your physician, . ...Read more

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I have mild excerise induced only asthma. I take prevent inhaler anyway. Will I suffocate and die in my sleep? I only get symptom when excerise but ??

I have mild excerise induced only asthma. I take prevent inhaler anyway. Will I suffocate and die in my sleep? I only get symptom when excerise but ??

I never consider it: I have had the same thing since long before it had a label. People who begin to develop respiratory distress will wake by reflex to begin using accessory muscles to get more air. This idea is not worth much thought. ...Read more

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Sometimes when im falling to sleep i run out of breath and wake up. Can that be related to asthma.

No: The more likely cause is that you are experiencing a gasping arousal from sleep apnea. I would recommend that you talk to your family doctor about this and get a referral to your local sleep disorder specialist. A gasping arousal occurs when you stop breathing and eventually become so shortof breath that you wake up gasping for air. This is quite different from an asthma attack which include symptoms of wheezing generally. The fact that it is very much sleep related would alsospeak for being part of a gasping arousal. ...Read more

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Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby to take medication? 5 months old baby taking therapies for asthma.

Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby to take medication? 5 months old baby taking therapies for asthma.

No: If the baby is sleeping peacefully, breathing easy and not coughing then you do not have to wake him up to give asthma treatment. If the baby is working hard to breathe, grunting or coughing then yes, wake him up and give him a treatment. Talk to your doctor in the morning about what he/she wants you to do in these situations in the future. ...Read more

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If I don't sleep on Cpap machine like I'm suppose to be will it make hard for me to breathe even of I have asthma??

If I don't sleep on Cpap machine like I'm suppose to be will it make hard for me to breathe even of I have asthma??

See your doctor: You have a CPAP machine, you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea which can be life threatening. Not wearing your CPAP is endangering your life. As you are aware, your airway closes during the night while asleep. Many people don't like using a CPAP and there is an alternative that is recognized as a viable option. An oral appliance can be made for you by a dentist that has expertise in sleep apnea ...Read more

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My 7yrs old daughter had asthma and coughing tonite she is using steam Vicks with water.But my 6months baby sleeping with her..Is that ok for my baby?

My 7yrs old daughter had asthma and coughing tonite she is using steam Vicks with water.But my 6months baby sleeping with her..Is that ok for my baby?

Maybe,maybe not: I have never been fond of the "vapor" stink as treatment for anything. I find the idea that stinking up the room with a noticeable fume is more likely to aggravate a cough than help it at any age. There are some decongestant effects, but the irritant value is similar to paint fumes. ...Read more

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My asthma is particularly bad this time of year, and makes it hard to sleep. What is the best position to sleep in to reduce coughing and wheezing?

My asthma is particularly bad this time of year, and makes it hard to sleep. What is the best position to sleep in to reduce coughing and wheezing?

Uncontrolled asthma: if you have difficulty sleeping in any position and you are asthmatic, you need to be evaluated, it might not be your lungs though, at any rate, elevating your head would help some, but that's not the way to deal with your uncontrolled asthma, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Coughing every half a second,they said he has allergic asthma but it to much,he can't sleep at nights it the worse coughing he feels like throwing up.

Coughing every half a second,they said he has allergic asthma but it to much,he can't sleep at nights it the worse coughing he feels like throwing up.

Too sick: to manage at home. He needs to be observed and treated in hospital until he is better. And the steps are taken to confirm and manage the diagnosis. All the best and I hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused ...Read more