It is common for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to have sleeping problems. The symptoms of COPD — shortness of breath coughing and wheezing — can disrupt your rest and make it difficult to sleep. COPD may be related to other sleeping problems too, including:
- Insomnia — Difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep
- Fatigue during the day
- Headaches at night
- Sleep apnea — sudden stopping of breathing in the middle of sleep
- Increased rate of nightmares
If you have COPD and notice any of these sleeping problems, you should speak with your healthcare provider. You may need a sleep evaluation to determine the exact issues your COPD is causing and what kind of treatment you need.
Why does COPD affect your sleep?
COPD causes shortness of breath by obstructing the airways in your lungs. This leads to air getting trapped in your lungs, which prevents you from exhaling properly and, in turn, taking in fresh oxygen.
When you’re awake, you can practice breathing exercises that help you release this trapped air, but you can’t do this when you’re asleep. For this reason, it can be difficult to get a good night’s rest when you have COPD.
Other causes of COPD-related sleeping issues include:
- COPD symptoms
- Low levels of oxygen
- Side-effects of medication
- Depression and anxiety
What to do if COPD is affecting your sleep
If your COPD is causing sleeping problems, you should speak with your healthcare provider about sleep evaluation. Based on the results of your evaluation, treatment may include:
- Sleeping medication
- Different sleeping positions, like sitting up
- Oxygen therapy
- Sleep apnea mask
You can also make a few lifestyle changes to improve your sleep. Take fewer naps during the day, avoid using electronics before going to bed and schedule a regular sleeping routine.
Contact The Lung Health Clinic For COPD Treatment
Our Cellular Therapy™ may help you sleep better because it reduces inflammation in the lungs and helps improve pulmonary function. This treatment is a form of cellular therapy, which uses concentrated forms of your blood platelets and cells to target lung infection, reduce inflammation and promote healing. More than 91.6% of our Cellular Therapy™ patients Breathe Easier™ within three months of beginning treatment.
Contact us today if you would like to speak with a patient coordinator about Cellular Therapy™ and how it can help improve your quality of life.