A new study finds that individuals with asthma sleep less and are less active when compared to people with no respiratory disease, reports the Hindustan Times.

People with asthma sleep less, watch more television and are less active in comparison to people with no respiratory disease, found a small study done at Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute and Lady Hardinge Medical College.

On average, asthmatics watch TV daily for almost two hours as compared to 1.5 hours for non-asthmatics. “Television viewing is also associated with unhealthy snacking habits, example, consuming foods high in calories and overeating,” said Dr Raj Kumar, head of National Centre of Respiratory Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute

They only get an average of 4.12 hours of sleep as compared to 5.38 hours of sleep that healthy people get.

“People with asthma must take their medicines regularly and manage their symptom because breathlessness and wheezing prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep,” said Dr Kumar.

The study also shows that, on average, people living with asthma participate in sports activities for 0.58 hours a day as compared to 0.78 hour a day in the healthy control group.

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