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COPD and Sleep Apnea

Do you have difficulty sleeping because of your COPD symptoms? Listed, are several helpful tips from cnn.com to correct your sleeping habits. Also contained here, is advice for use of your CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and BiPAP (Bi-level Positive Airways Pressure) devices. Your doctor and respiratory therapist can help.


Tips for Better Sleeping

• Practice diaphragmatic and pursed- lip breathing while lying in bed. These breathing techniques will help you relax and fall asleep.

• Don’t drink caffeinated beverages after 2pm.

• Try to establish a sleep cycle by going to bed at the same time each night and waking at the same time each morning.

• Although naps are great, try to avoid them since they will interrupt your normal sleep cycle.

• Wear loose, comfortable pajamas to sleep in.

• Keep your pets off the bed as they will wake you during night and interrupt your sleep.

• Sleep in a dark room. Pull your shades or get black out shades.

• Taking medications at night may keep you awake. Speak with your doctor about changing this.


Your CPAP and BiPAP Therapy

To help you rest with your sleep apnea, your doctor may have prescribed a CPAP or a BiPAP device. This machine blows a gentle flow of air through a mask while you sleep. This air flows through your nose and mouth and into your lungs, holding your airways open so that you don’t gasp to open them and then wake up from a restful sleep. The following are tips for using your machine.

• If your mask if not comfortable or doesn’t fit or feel right, talk to your doctor or respiratory therapist about re-fitting it. You may also try a different type of mask.

• If you have nasal congestion, talk to your doctor about treatment. You will get optimal results from your positive pressure therapy if your nose is clear.

• When you first start to use a CPAP or BiPAP device, it’s not easy. But, don’t give up and don’t stop using it. Ask your doctor or your respiratory therapist from your home medical equipment supply company for help and advice to make it work for you.