Sleep Well When You Have Asthma
When you suffer from asthma, having a relaxing sleep can really be an issue. Asthmatic people can really have a hard time in getting the rest they need. They usually have to cope with nocturne asthma attacks which do not let them sleep or even the fear of having such an attack may keep them awake all night long.
Even though it may seem hard to attain that state of relaxation most people have when sleeping, asthmatics can have a good night sleep if they follow some simple rules. First of all it is necessary to have clean bedding. Washing the bedding once a week in hot water it is absolutely essential if you want to get rid of all the allergens which can trigger an asthma attack. Dust, animal hair or any other types of allergens can easily get stuck in the bedding fibers and trigger an asthma attack when you go to bed. So, cleaning the bedding is the first essential step you have to take in order to have a good and relaxing sleep, all night long.
Next, it is advisable to choose a position in which you will be able to breathe easily. Most doctors recommend that you use two or three pillows instead of one and place them all under your head, neck and back, so that the upper part of your body is lifted up a little. Also, you should avoid sleeping on your back or on your stomach, as these positions obstruct your airwaves, preventing the air from getting in and out of the body. A much more suitable position for asthmatic people is the sleeping on the left side, if possible with the legs brought up at the levels of your stomach.
In order to get the amount of rest you want, it is also recommended that you go to sleep only when you feel you are so tired that you can only sleep. This way you will fall asleep immediately and will not have time to worry about whether you are going to sleep that night or not.
Last, but not least, you should not sleep during the day. If you are really tired and cannot really focus on anything, you can take a 30 minutes nap in an armchair. Thus, you will refresh your brain a little bit, without giving your body too much energy. You will become tired in the evening and you will sleep all night long, without waking up during the night.
Follow these simple methods and you will see that you will be able to sleep normally again, even though you suffer from asthma.
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