Did you know? Women are 37% more likely to have COPD than men. Once considered a “man’s disease” COPD is now far more prevalent in women. On the blog this month, we take a closer look at why women are more commonly affected. Keep reading to learn more.
Lastly, are you sleeping well? Approximately 50 percent of COPD patients report significant sleep disturbances. If you fall in this category, it’s important to speak to your doctor! Check out our 7 tips to help you get a restful night’s sleep.
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COPD in Women
You may be surprised to hear that COPD is more common in women. In fact, women are 37% more likely to have COPD than men. Women also account for more than half of all deaths attributed to COPD in the United States. Women are at a higher risk for COPD than men.
COPD was once considered a “man’s disease.” It seemed like it struck older, white men more than any other group. American soldiers were given cigarettes in their rations for years, and well-known images of the Marlboro Man reinforced the link between men and smoking.
7 Things You Need to Know about Sleep and COPD
If you have COPD, you know that difficulty breathing isn’t just limited to the daytime and often gets in the way of falling asleep. This can lead to mild fatigue and in severe cases debilitating exhaustion. People with COPD are more likely to develop insomnia, nightmares, and daytime sleepiness when compared to the general population. Approximately 50 percent of COPD patients report significant sleep disturbances. If you fall in this category it’s important to address your sleep disturbance immediately.