Health experts from NHS Yorkshire and the Humber say those who have trouble sleeping as a result of asthma could be helped to get the sleep they need by visiting their local pharmacist.
Today (1 May) is World Asthma Day and a recent survey has shown that approximately 60 per cent of people living with the condition have trouble sleeping, affecting their ability to function at work or school.
The majority of people with asthma will use an inhaler to keep their asthma under control. However, poor inhaler technique could be the reason behind their sleepless nights.
Regional director for public health at NHS North of England, Paul Johnstone, said:
“With the right medication and by adopting the right lifestyle people with asthma can manage their condition effectively, meaning that they are able to get on with their lives and carry out day-to-day activities.
“Around 75 per cent of hospital admissions for asthma are avoidable, this is partly because some people don’t use their inhalers properly, which can make it difficult to sleep at night or trigger an attack. This is where your pharmacist can help.
“As part of a medicines use review pharmacists are able to support asthma sufferers by looking at how they use their inhalers, and showing them how to use them properly. You will not need to book an appointment so if you feel you would benefit from a recap on how to get the best out of your inhaler, see your pharmacist and he or she will be able to help you.”
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NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, part of NHS North of England