Sleep Loss Common Among Children with Asthma Who Live in Cities, Study Finds

Spike Mafford/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New research shows that sleep loss is common among children with asthma who live in cities, and is a significant factor in missed school days, emergency room visits and lower levels of involvement in sports, Health Day reports.

The findings reveal that Hispanic children are especially affected. The study involved the parents of almost 150 children with asthma who were treated at the Bradley Hasbro Research Center at Brown Medical School in Providence, R.I.

The lead author of the study said it's important for parents of children with asthma to routinely monitor their children's sleep to minimize disruptions and guarantee proper asthma control, says Health Day.

Asthma accounts for 10.5 million missed school days each year in the United States, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The findings were published in the July issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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