Sleep and asthma (adult)

9) Sleep disorders – further information

There are many different sleep disorders:

  • Snoring – this can be very disturbing for your partner or others in the house if it is very loud.
  • Night terrors – feelings of great fear experienced on suddenly waking in the night.
  • Sleep walking/talking – walk around and sometimes perform other actions while asleep.
  • Narcolepsy – an extreme tendency to fall asleep at any time or in any place.

Some heart disorders such as high blood pressure or heart failure can also affect breathing at night.


  • By keeping a healthy weight
  • Keeping active
  • Taking medication effectively

This risk can be minimised.

If you are having difficulty sleeping because of your asthma, tell your doctor or practice nurse. They may be able to offer suggestions or make a referral for further assessment.


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