An asthma attack is TERRIFYING even in “normal” times.
But given that breathing struggles and shortness of breath can also be coronavirus warning signs, even the barest hint of a flare-up can dial up the fear factor to horror movie levels.
So today, let me ease at least one of those concerns.
I’ve got the scoop on a new study that reveals a simple drug-free way to breathe easier if you have asthma. And this one’s not just for kids, who often have more options and milder cases.
This trick works in adults too. And I’m talking about easing some of the toughest-to-treat forms of this often-debilitating disorder.
Best of all, you can get started on this breathe-easier with asthma plan as early as tonight. And you don’t need any expensive equipment to get the job done.
Missed sleep can take a serious toll
Nothing beats a nice, full night of refreshing sleep. That’s true whether you have asthma or not.
But, sadly, most of us fall short on shuteye. And we pay for it in the long run, and not just because we feel groggy all day. Lost sleep comes with real health risks. And if you have asthma too, it can lead to exactly what you fear most.
Adults with asthma who sleep just five hours a night or less on average have a much higher risk of… well… pretty much EVERYTHING you’re working so hard to avoid. And that includes both health issues and quality-of-life concerns.
Overall, the study finds, missed sleep can increase your risk of…
- asthma attacks
- dry cough
- overnight hospitalization
- poor quality of life
- problems with both physical AND mental health
- more days spent inactive
- higher overall need for healthcare
In other words, skipping out on your rest can make you vulnerable in many more ways than one.
The OVERNIGHT secret to beating asthma symptoms
Now, you’d think the answer is to throw up the blackout shades… crawl into bed… pull the covers up… and sleep for days. But it’s not.
See, there’s also a reverse effect. It can become a case of too much of a good thing. Because TOO MUCH SLEEP can be almost (but not quite) as bad as too little.
Folks who sleep more than nine hours a night on average have a higher risk of asthma-linked wheezing. As well as limits on activity due to that wheezing.
This is an average, mind you. Sleeping in on Saturdays won’t likely trigger it. But if you’re routinely in bed for 10 hours, night after night, you’re probably sleeping too much. And it’s usually a sign of either a drug side effect or another health problem.
Let’s face it, though. Falling SHORT is the far more common sleep problem.
One easy way to get more shuteye without the struggle is with melatonin. This compound tells the body when it’s time to turn in (thus its nickname, the “sleep hormone”).
As we get older, melatonin levels tend to drop. Electric lights and LCD screens can cut those levels even more since they make it harder for the brain to recognize the standard daytime and nighttime cues.
You can raise melatonin levels easily enough with a supplement. Look for a spray form, which can kick in faster since it skips the stomach and goes directly to work in the body.