Asthma Causes Tiredness and Anxiety
24
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , /


this paper here it was very interesting
because we had a group of asthmatic children who were also mark breathing
and we not only investigated asthma but also what was investigated was their
sleep we have to bear in mind at asthma as a condition it’s not just about
asthma it’s not just about asthma for children and it’s not just about asthma
for adults when one has asthma there is inflammation in the lower Airways but
more recently it has been recognized that the lower Airways and the upper
Airways are linked it’s a unified airway so since 2014
researchers have recognized that if there’s inflammation in the lower
Airways it can travel up to the upper Airways which is the nose the nasal
cavity and if there’s inflammation in the nose and the nasal cavity you can
travel down to the lower Airways so when individual down with asthma has an
increased tendency to have nasal stuffiness and with increased nasal
stuffiness the likelihood is that we breathe through an open mouth with mouth
breathing we also have increased agitation and we also have poor sleep so
when we have a child presenting with asthma are another two presenting with
asthma we need to consider their breathing patterns mouth breathing and
fast breathing and upper chest breathing is going to adversely impact sleep these
individuals are much higher risk of sleep disorder breathing they’re waking
up tired they’re more likely to snore to have obstructive sleep apnea to have
hypopneas the child and in school they’re going and tired the kind of
concentration if you cannot concentrate it is normal that you can feel
frustrated and if you’re feeling frustrated that you can exhibit
behavioral difficulties when we are looking at asthma we need to consider
the wider range of effects here the increased anxiety in this group of
individuals the increased sleep problems in this group of individuals and of
course the asthma problems it is a condition that feeds in and itself mouth
breathing that’s feeling back into constriction of the Airways constriction
of the Airways with increased infamy contributing to nasal stuffiness
increased nasal stuffiness which reinforces mouth breathing mouth
breathing which then in turn increases the risk of sleep problems by one point
eight times and with increased risk of sleep that in turn is feeding back into
anxiety the mouth breathing also feeding into anxiety because we’re not using our
diaphragm as effectively we’re more likely to be fast breathing using the
upper chest diaphragmatic breathing is really important for maintaining
stability of the mind if we’re using upper chest we were in that
fight-or-flight response and when we are in that fight-or-flight response we
breathe faster faster breathing in turn will feed back into asthma any
healthcare professional who was working with asthma please consider the impact
that breathing pattern disorders is having on your patients asthma don’t
just rely on medication and of course there is a wonderful role of medication
and treatment of asthma but there is also a wonderful role of simple
strategies that you can give to your patients breathing through the nose slow
breathing using the diaphragm we can help reduce asthma symptoms especially
in those asthmatics who have poor asthma control I was one of them for twenty
years I was visiting doctors departments I presented as emergency departments I
was a constant map reader I had constant nasal stuffiness my sleep has affected
my concentration was affected and a treat I work on my life I heard about
the importance of nasal breathing in 1998 by reading a newspaper article I
did the nose and blocking technique I switched to Noah’s breathing and it made
a tremendous difference to my quality of life we have a half a million
individuals in Ireland with asthma 5.6 million in the United Kingdom 20 million
in the United States how many of these are taught the importance of functional
breathing using the nose slow breathing how many are gave the tools to
effectively help their own asthma it’s not just about medication we also need
to look at breathing it’s not just about asthma we also need to
prove their sleep and their anxiety and we can do that by simple strategies to
change breathing patterns


4 thoughts on “Asthma Causes Tiredness and Anxiety

  1. Can you please do practical demonstrations like you did with the CP a few years ago? I'd like to see "steps" if possible

  2. I see alot of people wit anxiety get the sensation of stopping breathing just falling asleep and being jolted awake. I find this only happens when I am reducing my breathing and have a relaxing rhythm going. Any ideas? Low cortisol?

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