A survey regarding sleep habits and problems was investigated using the Filipino version of CSHQ. Random selection of 104 parents/primary caregivers of children 6 to 12 years old with physician-diagnosed clinically stable, well-controlled/partly-controlled asthma were included. The subjects were recruited from University of Santo Tomas Hospital on February 2016. The primary study outcome measure was determination of children's sleep habits and problems.
A very significant proportion of the children (100%) scored above the clinical cutoff on the CSHQ, indicating prevalent sleep problems despite having achieved total control of asthma. Among the eight domains in the questionnaire, only Daytime Sleepiness was determined to be significantly different between the two groups. The association of sleep problem to asthma control showed a Positively Weak Association. However, there was insufficient evidence to say that this association was significant. The association of sleep distubrance to asthma control with co-morbidities showed a Positively Weak Association, which was significant.
There is a significant prevalence of sleep problems among asthmatics, but was largely ignored. It should be emphasized that children undergoing examination or treatment for asthma should be routinely screened for sleep problems, despite good control or absence of symptoms, with an ultimate goal to improve these children’s quality of life in the long run.