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does sleep apnea affect asthma?

A question from Facebook:

Does sleep apnea tie in? My asthma doc said mine gets real bad if I'm not wearing my sleep apnea mouth piece.

The above question was a comment on our Facebook post about nighttime asthma.  Does anyone have any input?

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  • Kathy P

    I found this article from the America Thoracic  Society about .

    I also found this study: 

    CONCLUSION

    OSAS (Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome) and asthma are detrimental to each other. Recent data suggest that OSAS is an independent risk factor for asthma exacerbations and that OSAS symptoms are more common in asthmatic patients than in the general population.

    We have shown that OSAS can worsen asthma and vice-versa, and we have outlined potential etiologies for this interaction. Several studies have shown an improvement in asthma symptoms after the initiation of CPAP; therefore future research may need to explore this pathway to further confirm the hypothetical link in causality and management between the two conditions.

    Practitioners should understand the relationship between asthma and OSAS and how important it is that OSAS be considered, identified, and treated in patients with asthma.

  • K8sMom2002

    That is very interesting, Kathy P. 

    At the very least, I would think that if you're not getting good sleep at night, that can cause a whole host of issues. Sleep and rest are important to overall health, right?