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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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Sleeping Better with COPD

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Feb 16, 2016

One of the not-so-obvious side effects of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the trouble that some people face getting to sleep at night when they are having trouble breathing. This guide lays out a few tips for getting a better night’s rest.

One tip to sleep better if you have COPD is to avoid naps so you go to bed tired.

1. Avoid naps, and go to bed tired.²

While many people with COPD are naturally more tired throughout the day, taking naps may make it more difficult for you to fall asleep later. Try to stay awake so you can get the fullest night sleep possible.

2. Maintain a regular sleep schedule.²

Having a regular sleep schedule makes it easier for your body to anticipate going to sleep, and will help you fall asleep naturally.

3. Consider oxygen therapy.¹

Many people with difficulty breathing find it much easier to fall asleep while using oxygen. Talk to your doctor to see if oxygen therapy is the right option for you.

4. Practice breathing techniques¹

There are many types of breathing techniques that should help you get more oxygen. Using these methods before bed could help you feel more relaxed before heading to bed.

5. Exercise¹

A small exercise routine during the day can help you feel more tired before bed, and make you feel better rested in the morning. Talk to your doctor about the kinds of exercise that are right for you and try to fit it into your daily schedule.

Mindfulness and COPD - Improving Awareness and Well-Being

Sources:

  1. Everyday Health – Accessed 1/6/16
  2. Health Communities – Accessed 1/6/16

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