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Asthma disturbs sleep

More than a third of patients with asthma wake up during the night with symptoms, according to a survey.

The authors said sleeplessness in asthma was a clear indication that the condition was inadequately controlled.

The UK survey of 766 patients ­ 104 with asthma and 651 without ­ looked at the impact of a good night's sleep on quality of life.

Some 35 per cent of patients with asthma woke up during the night with cough, wheeze or breathlessness.

The findings, presented earlier this month at the American Thoracic Society's annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, showed 69 per cent of patients with asthma were kept awake by their condition. Nearly half ­ 48 per cent ­ said they did not get enough sleep.

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