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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. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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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 sleep@home. 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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more