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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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Living With COPD: Could You Use A Good Night's Sleep?

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) sometimes means that it's hard to get a good night's sleep. The reasons can vary from sleep-related breathing problems to depression and anxiety, according to the Everyday Health website. While getting enough rest may be an issue, it's not one you can't overcome. goodnightsleep.jpg

What's the Root of the Problem?

In the Everyday Health post, Jane Whalen-Price, director of rehabilitation services at National Jewish Health in Denver, advises that the first step is identifying why you're not sleeping. There may be multiple reasons or only one. According to Everyday Health, some of the more common problems include:

What Can You Do?

First, talk to your doctor. Everyday Health says that changes your doctor might recommend include:

  • Adjusting your medicine  
  • Night time oxygen therapy 
  • Airway clearance techniques
  • Treating an underlying infection 
  • Making changes in your routine, such as eliminating afternoon naps and coffee before bedtime 

Living with COPD doesn’t have to mean living without sleep. Be patient, and work with your doctor until you find solutions that work for you. For additional life-enhancing solutions, visit the Do More With Oxygen website

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