It is highly important for individuals with COPD to get adequate sleep, yet it is often a challenge. A well-rested body has more energy to perform everyday tasks and a rested mind can better manage changes in mood.
Have trouble sleeping? Here are a few “Do’s and Don’ts” that may
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- Ask your
healthcareprovider if night-time use of supplemental oxygen is an option for you.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation (NIPPV) such as CPAP if you suffer from sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.
- Seek treatment for underlying lung infections that may affect your breathing during sleep.
- Keep the room you sleep in cozy, quiet, dark and cool.
- Only use your bed for sleep. Get up and do something else if you don’t fall asleep within 15 to 20 minutes.
- Practice airway clearance techniques throughout the day and before bedtime to remove the build up of secretions in your airways.
- Take naps in the daytime. You may feel tired during the day, but taking a cat nap can prevent you from getting adequate sleep at night.
- Drink caffeinated beverages late in the day. However, it is best if you are able to avoid caffeine altogether.
- Exercise right before going to bed as it can prevent your body from winding down for the night.
- Sleep lying flat. Elevating your upper body with pillows can help facilitate breathing.
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