I was bored last night when not sleeping and was fiddling around on my blog and found a bit where it shows me what people have searched for when reading my blog. there was alot of references of getting tired and wheezy with asthma so i thought I would try and answer that search with my interpretation of why I get tired and wheezy with my asthma.
I think for me there are complicating factors of why I get tired but also it is kind of a vicious cycle that needs to be broken but trying to break it seems impossible.
My asthma control is getting better but still pretty poor and I know I am some what responsible for it but also it is just hard to manage. My nocturnal symptoms are probably the worst part for my just now. I spend most of my nights awake coughing and wheezing feeling very short of breath. This makes me anxious which in turn makes me more wheezy and therefore I don’t sleep. I know that i would be able to sleep if I didnt get so anxious but I wouldnt get so anxious if I didnt get wheezy and have bad symptoms at night.
So the night kind of impacts into the day. My sleepless nights and what to me feels like a battle on occasion and probably having to work harder than I would in a gym effect my energy throughout the day. I have had sleep studies done and they do so a decline in my lung function and oxygen saturation at night but not to warrant the need for help overnight.
I did look back over some hospital letters I have and it stated that even when I was on Bipap in hospital once i deteriorated at night and picked up during the day and this was even with extra support so I am seeing that my asthma just does not like nights.
I also know that because I push myself during the day this makes me tired and a bit chesty which I never really recover from because I don’t rest at night.
The Dr’s had a thought that if I took my prednisilone at night it may help however as pred makes me slightly hyper and gives me insomnia that was just a no go. It was a nice thought though if it had worked!!!
I am starting to worry about my course though. Next year we have to do night shifts and I am worried about how I will cope because my asthma is such a nightmare during the night. There is also the question about what I do with my meds. I think I need to sit down and have a chat with my Dr about it.
This is just my perception of why I get so tired and things. It may not be accurate and others may ahve different things as to why they are tired but I think the overall effort of having to breath is greater which leads to complications and has knock on effects to other areas of my life such as sleep!