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What happens to your cough reflex when you sleep?

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Most people don’t cough much while they’re asleep, especially during REM sleep. Sleep shuts down your cough reflex. If you do cough while asleep, chances are you’re not getting good rest. It may also be a sign of a sleep disorder. A chronic cough is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. That’s when your throat muscles relax and block your airway for brief periods of time. If you think you have this, see your doctor.

SOURCES:

American Sleep Association: “What is Sleep?”

Harvard Medical School: “The Characteristics of Sleep.”

National Sleep Foundation: “What Happens When You Sleep?”

Institute of Medicine: “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Does Your Body Temperature Change While You Sleep?”

National Sleep Foundation: “The Physiology of Sleep – Thermoregulation & Sleep.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Exercise at This Time of Day for Optimal Sleep.”

University of Washington: “What is Sleep . . . and why do we do it?”

National Sleep Foundation: “The Physiology of Sleep – The Respiratory System.”

Dartmouth College: “Chapter 53: The pharynx and larynx.”

Lung: “Cough and sleep.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Sleep Apnea?”

American Chemical Society: “So Tired in the Morning... The Science of Sleep.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 06, 2019

SOURCES:

American Sleep Association: “What is Sleep?”

Harvard Medical School: “The Characteristics of Sleep.”

National Sleep Foundation: “What Happens When You Sleep?”

Institute of Medicine: “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Does Your Body Temperature Change While You Sleep?”

National Sleep Foundation: “The Physiology of Sleep – Thermoregulation & Sleep.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Exercise at This Time of Day for Optimal Sleep.”

University of Washington: “What is Sleep . . . and why do we do it?”

National Sleep Foundation: “The Physiology of Sleep – The Respiratory System.”

Dartmouth College: “Chapter 53: The pharynx and larynx.”

Lung: “Cough and sleep.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Sleep Apnea?”

American Chemical Society: “So Tired in the Morning... The Science of Sleep.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 06, 2019

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