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Living with asthma 

With the right treatment and management, asthma shouldn’t restrict your daily life (including your sleep) in any way. You should work with your healthcare professionals and strive to achieve this goal.

You should also be confident about how to recognise when your asthma is getting out of control, and what to do if it does.


Asthma symptoms are often worse at night. This means you might wake up some nights coughing or with a tight chest.

If your child has asthma, poor sleep can affect their behaviour and concentration, as well as their ability to learn.

Effectively controlling asthma with the treatment your doctor or nurse recommends will reduce the symptoms, so you or your child should sleep better.


Very occasionally, people with asthma develop symptoms only during exercise. However, usually this is a sign that your asthma could be better controlled generally.

If you or your child have asthma symptoms during or after exercise, speak to your doctor or asthma nurse. It is likely they will review your general symptoms and personal asthma plan to make sure the condition is under control.

Your doctor or asthma nurse may also advise that:

You make sure the people you are exercising with know you have asthma.

You increase your fitness levels gradually.

You always have your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you when you exercise.

You use your reliever inhaler immediately before you warm up.

You ensure that you always warm up and down thoroughly.

if you have symptoms while you are exercising, stop what you’re doing, take your reliever inhaler and wait until you feel better before starting again


Most people with asthma can eat a normal, healthy diet. Occasionally, people with asthma may have food-based allergic triggers and will need to avoid foods such as cows’ milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, yeast products, nuts, and some food colourings and preservatives. However, this is uncommon.