Hello, hope everyone is doing ok. I have a question to people who have difficulties sleeping and getting woken up at night. I've had fairly mild / standard asthma since a child. I'm quite healthy, fine with exercise and have a good peak flow, but over the last few years since reaching my 30s, I've started having bad flare ups, mainly in the summer months that wake me up in the night. First time needed staroid course to calm it down. I've come to learn a lot about my asthma that it is mainly triggered by allergies and pollens. Currently take fostair 200/6 twice morning & night, montlukast, anti-histamine and avamys steroid nasal spray before bed. I do everything I can to prevent these flare ups but annoyingly I've had to get used to waking up coughing and needing my reliever at least 3 or 4 nights a week, sometimes more. I was also using my reliever quite a lot in the day time during late summer / autumn, but a little better in the day now. . I found that things started to get better for a few weeks in autumn and not waking up at all for a while! but now its started to return and last night I woke up with a really dry cough and severely tight chest. I had to get up, drink water and take my reliver about 8 puffs. I feel like im getting through my reliver inhalers so quickly. Anyway, I've read some stuff about 'post nasal drip' which i suspect might be my problem, after a day of exposure to allergens, or as the pollen comes out at night and I lay down. Apart from trying to learn to sleep sitting upwards, I can't seem to find any solution to this. Not sure if its just something that gets worse with age or have to learn to accept.
I'm very fortunate that my asthma isnt that bad, and of course doing all I can to keep safe right now and protects others and the vulnerable. Including my mum who has asthma and other conditions and is shielding. She doesnt get the nocturnal problems as much though and does a lot of gardening. I'm currently exercising less due to my job hours which is probably not helping. Sorry to ramble on, but if anyone has any tips other than taking an extra puff of fostair!, that would be much appreciated. Thanks