A MedPage Today report indicates that stressors in urban settings that trigger poor quality sleep in children may exacerbate asthma and allergy rhinitis symptoms.

In a group of young children living in an urban setting, digital sleep and pulmonary function trackers showed children with asthma were waking up at least once a night, and 40% were waking five times per night, even though 41% of kids and 43% of caregivers said they didn’t wake up at all, reported Daphne Koinis Mitchell, PhD, of the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, R.I., and colleagues.

Frequent awakenings due to asthma can increase daytime sleepiness, impair cognition, and increase risk of poor school outcomes. And sleep disturbance is a factor contributing to racial/ethnic disparities in health outcomes, Koinis Mitchell said in her presentation at the American Thoracic Society annual meeting.

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