Getting Good Sleep With COPD
We all know that sleep is important for our health, but for anyone living with a chronic disease like COPD, this nightly rest becomes critical. Solid, refreshing sleep can boost the immune system, improve cognitive function, and help us feel our best. However, some illnesses, especially those that affect the airways, can make sleeping difficult. There are many things that may interfere with your ability to get good sleep every night, including:
- Uncomfortable sleeping positions
- Certain medications
- Sleep apnea
- Acid reflux
- Anxiety and depression
Solving the puzzle of poor sleep often requires the help of a trained medical professional, so don’t forget to talk with your doctor about ways to improve your rest quality. In the meantime, here are a few things to consider trying:
1. Oxygen therapy
The right amount of oxygen, delivered straight to your airways via mask or nasal cannula, can help the brain relax.
2. Sleep medications
If they will not interfere with your current medications, certain sleep drugs may assist you in getting deep rest.
3. Bedroom detox
Remove allergens, dust, and chemicals that may irritate the airways from your sleeping area. Add a HEPA filter too, if you are especially sensitive.
4. Relaxation techniques
When your body and brain just won’t quiet down, try things like meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises to get in a restful state of mind.
Want more tips on how to manage your COPD, or choose the right oxygen concentrator for you? Reach out and speak with one of our representatives today.