Sleep and Asthma

  • M. F. Fitzpatrick
  • C. M. Shapiro
  • N. J. Douglas
Conference paper


At least 70% of asthmatic patients are woken from time to time by coughing, wheezing and breathlessness at night [1, 2]. The presence of nocturnal symptoms in patients with asthma denotes poor asthma control, and the concomitant overnight fall in peak flow correlates well with asthma severity [3]. It is important to enquire specifically about nocturnal symptoms in patients with asthma as many patients overlook these symptoms [4]. Epidemiological surveys suggest that the prevalence of nocturnal symptoms is as common in asthmatic patients attending general practitioners in the community as those attending hospital clinics [1, 4].


Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Asthmatic Patient Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Ipratropium Bromide Mucociliary Clearance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. F. Fitzpatrick
  • C. M. Shapiro
  • N. J. Douglas
    • 1
  1. 1.Kennedy Tower,Royal Edinburg HospitalUniversity Departments of Pyschiatry and Respiratory MedicineEdinburghUK

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