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Can COPD Affect Your Sleep?

14 Apr 2016
| Under COPD, Lung Disease, Medical, Related Conditions | Posted by | 22 Comments
Can COPD Affect Your Sleep?

It’s time to wake up.

Sleep makes up a full third of our lives. However, for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), this natural cycle can be disturbed, crucially affecting how the body functions. Poor sleep quality has been linked to COPD as early as 1976, and disturbances in sleep have continued to play a large role in the decline in quality of life for those with the disease.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you the information you need to better your sleep and improve your well-being.

Effects on the Body

Can COPD Affect Your Sleep?

Studies have shown that the quality of sleep is significantly compromised in many patients with COPD, and as sleep allows the body to heal itself, the lack of it can weaken the immune system. For those with COPD, the time it takes to get to sleep is longer than those who don’t, and often, the sleep is lighter and less satisfying.

In patients with COPD, sleep-related complaints rank third behind shortness of breath and fatigue. To further complicate matters, analysis has shown that those who experience respiratory exacerbations throughout the day often have greater trouble sleeping at night.

In a recent study done by The Tucson Epidemiologic Study of Obstructive Airways Disease, they found that 53% of patients with chronic bronchitis experienced difficulties initiating and maintaining sleep, while 26% complained of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Currently, it’s unknown why COPD tends to worsen at night, but scientists have theorized that this may be due to inflammation and circadian variations in pulmonary function.

Effects on the Mind

Can COPD Affect Your Sleep?

Although the effects of lack of sleep on the body can be devastating, the mind can suffer greatly as well. Sleep deprivation has been used as a method of interrogation since the 1970s and continues to be studied today for its negative effects on memory and mental function. Through a lack of uninterrupted deep-sleep, a variety of conditions can occur:

  • Impaired cognitive function
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Insomnia
  • Clumsiness
  • A lack of memory retention
  • Difficulty being attentive

And most notably:

These conditions can occur gradually as quality of sleep begins to decline, but the dangers they present can be damaging to one’s quality of life. Although the effects of troubled sleep brought on by COPD can alter the body in a variety of ways, it’s possible to fight back.

What You Can Do

Can COPD Affect Your Sleep?

  • Sleep on your stomach not your back
  • Limit your naps
  • Clear your throat of excessive mucus before bed
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Invest in some bedroom plants
  • Medications such as anticholinergics, corticosteroids, b2-agonists and theophylline have been shown to improve oxygen intake and sleep quality in COPD.

The difficulties of COPD can dramatically alter the lives of those affected by it, most notably in how they sleep. The energy we store during sleep is critical to our physical and mental health, and the prolonged disruption of sleep brought on by COPD can have detrimental effects to the body and mind over time.

Although COPD currently has no cure, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of stem cell research. As the scientific community continues to put their best minds to the task of solving the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering quality of life.

If you’re looking to make a profound change in your life or the life of someone you love, the time is now. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

Experiencing difficulty sleeping? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts and comments on Can COPD Affect Your Sleep? below.


  1. Tom Walker

    11 months ago

    Why is there not more research on copd you think it would be easier to fix than most cancer

  2. pat

    1 year ago

    lot of trouble sleeping mabe 4to6 hrs a night.

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  4. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Bert,

    It’s great to hear from you and thank you for the feedback! In response to your question, as the stem cells enter your bloodstream they circulate the body and ultimately enter the lungs where they become trapped. From there, they begin to stimulate cytokines which can promote healing within the lungs. Due to this cellular process, the effects of treatment may not become apparent until 3 to 6 months after surgery. However for more detailed information about this process, please feel free to reach out to us at (855) 313-1149.

    Thanks for the feedback Bert and we hope this helped,

    -The Lung Institute

  5. bERT fORMAN

    2 years ago

    After getting stem cell therapy for my copd how long will i have to wait to get relief?

  6. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Tammy,

    Thanks for your question. We would be happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatments one-on-one over the phone today. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment and cost, and they are happy to help. Feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Tammy

    2 years ago

    My name is Tammy I am in stage 4 and my 9% can I get the stem cell

  8. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Sue,

    Thanks for your comment. Here’s some information about silicosis for you. We would be happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell therapy and treatment options, so feel free to contact us today at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Sue

    2 years ago

    I have siliceous. Would stem cell work for me?

  10. Larry Macaluso

    2 years ago

    Larry Macaluso: I have C.O.P.D. I am not sure what stage I am in,but it is really bad. Thats my reason to be on this webbsite.I have been looking into Stem Cells through the Lung Institute for sometime now.I am writing to the readers with sleep problems,such as sleep apnea in which I have. I sleep with a bypap machine and I am living proof your sleep will increase.I have what they call sleepmapper on my machine that you can go online and track your sleep.I am now averaging 6.75 hours a night.I have had some 8 hour nights and one 10 hour night.WOW!!!!!!!! See your Doctor have a sleep study done.get your machine and get you some sleep.

  11. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Nancy,

    Although we are unaware of the efficacy of Stem Cell Maxum capsules, we took the time to do a little research on their ingredients and have only been able to find mention of “natural” ingredients such as Indian Kino Tree Extract, and Bark Extract, with no mention of autologous stem cells or stem cells of any kind. We are currently unfamiliar with the effectiveness of these ingredients on human health and whether they would have any substantive effects on chronic lung disease. We would advise however, that you refer to your primary physician when considering foreign supplements and vitamins, regardless of their ‘all natural’ distinction.


    -The Lung Institute

  12. nancy

    2 years ago

    how would stem cell maxum capsules do.

  13. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Bill,

    Because treatment costs vary based on treatment type, it’s best to speak with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators to discuss possible options. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about possible stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Bill McGaughey

    2 years ago

    How can I find the cost of stem cell or if i am covered anyway . I am currently on Hospice .I use 2 -2.5 liters of oxygen 24 / 7 .

  15. Jeannette

    2 years ago

    When I tell my Dr I sleep 2-21/2 hrs of sound sleep a night he writes a prescription for a antidepressant. Doesn’t do any good. I don’t take naps during the day hoping I will sleep better at night, no. I tried exercising but makes things worse. I know I have to have more sleep! I was told 2 1/2 yes ago that I’d have about 5yrs to live cause it is progressing fast. I refuse to except that but if I can’t make my Dr understand that I have to have more deep sleep than that, What am I to do

  16. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Good Morning Dennis,

    Thank you for your comment. Although stem cell therapy is not yet covered by traditional insurance companies, we believe that day is coming soon. Due to the complexity of the human body, there are no treatments that can yield a 100% rate of success. Though we realize that the out-of-pocket cost of treatment can be difficult to meet for those suffering from chronic lung disease, we are proud to boast a success rate of 84% in treating COPD.

    If you’re interested in stem cell therapy, its effectiveness, and what that could mean for your quality of life, give us a call at (855) 313-1149.

    Thanks Dennis and we look forward to speaking with you,

    -The Lung Institute

  17. Dennis Phillips

    2 years ago

    I have COPD stage 4 I am on oxygen 24/7 when I found out stem cell cost
    starting at $ 7,000.00 with no guarantee that was enough for me.

  18. bess fulcher

    2 years ago

    I have COPD and was put on a CPAP at night for sleep apnea. I do not feel I have sleep apnea but had problems going to sleep and staying asleep because my husband snores like a freight train. My pulmonary doctor or the PA just smiles when I tell them I do not need the CPAP at night. I am now sleeping all night since I am in bed by myself and my oxygen machine covers noises in the other parts of the house

  19. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Helen,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’re going through such a difficult time. Speaking with your doctor about how you’re feeling, symptoms from the medication, and any questions or concerns you may have could help you. Your doctor knows you and your situation the best, and he or she might have some helpful advice.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  20. helen

    2 years ago

    i have been put onMirtazapine to see if it will help sleep. so far after three weeks i am sleeping far to long but not soundly. i still cannot go out as i cannot breath when i make the effort. it is so bad that i have accidents from my bladder. i am feeling very low about this.

  21. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Pam,

    We appreciate you for sharing Pam. Although getting and maintaining quality sleep can be difficult for those with COPD, there are a few natural remedies that you can utilize to increase oxygen within your bedroom and promote better sleeping habits. However, if you’re looking to make a change in your quality of life, stem cell therapy may be for you. If you ever have any questions regarding stem cell therapy or tips for living with lung disease in general, please reach out to us at (855) 313-1149 and we’d be happy to assist.


    -The Lung Institute

  22. Pam

    2 years ago

    Sleep not good for me I wake up 2/4 times every night sometimes breath less so my engery level is ugh quit smoking 18 months ago it’s said I have mild copd I’ve only had one bout in the past year which is great but the shortness of breath is the wrost for me and would love to sleep better

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