One of the least talked about symptoms of COPD is the disruption to your sleep. Those affected with COPD may have a hard time getting a full night’s sleep, and getting a good night’s sleep is especially important. When you get a full night’s sleep, your body is full of energy and ready to take on the day ahead. Here are a few ways to help getting a better night’s sleep when you have COPD:
1) Keep the same sleep schedule. Going to bed at the same time each night, and waking up at the same time in the mornings, helps your body get into a sleep schedule. It’s important to maintain the same sleep schedule on the weekends, even though it may be tempting to sleep in or stay up later.
2) Avoid naps. While you may find yourself low on energy during the day, try to avoid naps. If you find yourself feeling tired, try eating an energizing snack, such almonds or yogurt. Staying awake for the entire day will cause you to go to bed tired and fall asleep and stay asleep.
3) Exercise daily. It’s important to exercise weekly, if not daily. Talk to your doctor about the best kind of exercise for you.
4) Learn breathing techniques. There are many kinds of breathing techniques that can help your body get more oxygen. Ask your doctor about which ones are right for you.
5) Consider oxygen therapy. Many people with COPD find it easier to fall asleep when they have supplemental oxygen to aid their breathing. Ask your doctor if oxygen therapy is right for you.
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