Why Asthma Attacks Early Morning

Why Your Asthma is Worst in the Morning – Patients come to us all the time asking why their asthma symptoms are worse in the morning. While we wish that we could give them a simple answer, the truth is that this popular side effect of asthma comes about for a broad variety of reasons. Here are a few:

Why Asthma Attacks Early Morning


Nocturnal Asthma

Nocturnal, or “nighttime” asthma, is experienced by asthmatics whose lungs function most poorly at night. Experts have not concluded whether this is a separate type of asthma or just a sign of a more severe case of asthma. Nocturnal asthma may also be an accessory to obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, or acid reflux.


Hormone Levels

Most people are surprised to learn that their bodys hormones are a key player in getting a good nights sleep. While we often see a change in sleep patterns when hormones change significantly—for example, during puberty and menopause—theres also a minor shift in hormones that happen all night! Hormones like adrenaline and growth hormones fluctuate every day, and a change in the way those are functioning may also affect the way your body reacts to the inflammatory reactions that often occur in the airways of asthmatics.


Allergen Exposure

Are you sleeping with your pets? Is your nightstand collecting large amounts of dust? If you havent been keeping your allergen triggers in check, youre exposing yourself to a full night of discomfort.

The great news? This is an simple fix! All you need to do is consistently deep clean, eliminating the worst allergen offenders. You may even find relief from getting an air purifier!


Other Illnesses

Dont just assume your coughing is a result of your asthma or allergies. If you always lie on your back to sleep and you ever wake up coughing, you could be experiencing the symptoms of GERD.