Children with severe asthma experience insomnia, less sleep duration, and poorer sleep hygiene, when compared to children without asthma, according to findings published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

The researchers examined sleep duration, insomnia, and sleep hygiene (a variety of different practices that are necessary to have normal, quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness, according to the National Sleep Foundation) in adolescents without asthma and with asthma to establish the effects of these factors on asthma control. The adolescents completed online surveys which the researchers then analyzed.

Sleep duration did not differ between the asthma group and non-asthma group, but asthma adolescents reported insufficient weekday sleep compared to the children without asthma (44% versus 31%, respectively). Asthma children also reported worsened sleep hygiene, and nearly double of asthma children reported insomnia, compared to children without asthma.

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