The Surprising Impact of Your Sleeping Habits on Your Health

Are you getting only four to five hours of sleep per day? Do you have irregular sleeping patterns? Poor sleep habits have been linked to various diseases, including asthma. Studies connecting asthma with sleep patterns provide another reason to prioritize your sleep.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, with triggers such as environmental factors and genetic predispositions. It affects approximately 300 million people worldwide, yet scientists are still unsure why some individuals develop the condition while others do not.

Recent research has highlighted the intricate relationship between sleep patterns and the development or exacerbation of asthma symptoms.

Key Findings:

Research from China’s Shandong University, published in the journal BMJ Open Respiratory Research last year, revealed a “bidirectional” link between sleep and asthma. It found that individuals with poor sleep patterns face an increased asthma risk.

A study by Shandong University analyzed data from the UK Biobank study, focusing on the sleep patterns of 455,405 individuals aged 38 to 73. The results showed that poor sleep coupled with high genetic susceptibility doubled the risk of asthma, while a healthy sleep pattern was associated with a lower risk.

Healthy sleeping habits are beneficial for asthma prevention regardless of genetic conditions, study finds. Representative image. Reuters
Healthy sleeping habits are beneficial for asthma prevention regardless of genetic conditions, study finds. Representative image. Reuters

The study emphasized the importance of early detection and management of sleep disorders to reduce asthma incidence. Improving sleep hygiene could potentially prevent 19% of asthma cases, showcasing that healthy sleep habits play a crucial role in asthma prevention regardless of genetic factors.

Additionally, a healthy sleep pattern reduced the risk of asthma by 44% in individuals with low genetic risk, 41% in those with intermediate risk, and 37% in those with high genetic risk.

Not only insufficient sleep impacts asthma patients, but excessive sleep can also pose a problem. A study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology highlighted that excessive sleep could negatively affect adults with asthma occasionally.

In the Indian context, the research holds particular significance as extended work hours and commuting contribute to rising sleep deficiencies and disorders among the young working population.

A study has linked poor sleep quality to an increased risk of developing asthma. Representative Image. Pixabay
A study has linked poor sleep quality to an increased risk of developing asthma. Representative Image. Pixabay

Dr. Vivek Anand Padegal, director of pulmonology at Fortis Hospital, noted that poor sleep quality can heighten the risk of developing asthma due to its impact on inflammation and immune system function.

Sajeev Nair, founder and chairman of Vieroots Wellness Solutions, explained in a publication that nocturnal asthma can disturb sleep and lead to more severe asthma attacks, creating a cycle of worsening symptoms.

Respecting the body’s natural sleep cycles and getting adequate rest by 9-10 pm is crucial for asthma patients, as emphasized by Nair in The Times of India.

Source: Various Agencies

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