Nocturnal asthma symptoms ‘should trigger treatment review’

Dr Kerry Hancock says asthma-related sleep disturbances should not be accepted as normal.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Kerry Hancock.
Dr Kerry Hancock.

GPs may need to step up treatment in patients with asthma-related sleep disturbances despite correct inhaler technique and adherence, according to the National Asthma Council.

Its new resource also encouraged doctors to ask about asthma symptoms during sleep or after waking — such as chest tightness, wheeze and breathlessness — that may indicate suboptimal asthma control.