COPD May Cause Problems Sleeping

Experts estimate that 33 to 50 percent of all people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)—a lung disease that makes breathing difficult—also have trouble sleeping.

Sleep - MasterfileIf COPD keeps you awake, try these self-care strategies for relief.

  1. Avoid napping during the day. You’ll sleep more soundly if you are truly tired at bedtime.
  2. Forgo caffeinated beverages, especially late in the day.
  3. Avoid taking sleeping pills, both prescription and over-the-counter. Since they slow your breathing during sleep, they can be dangerous if you have COPD.
  4. If sleep problems persist, ask your doctor whether nighttime oxygen therapy or a continuous positive airwaypressure (CPAP) device worn while sleeping could help.

Adapted from our sister publication, REMEDY's Healthy Living Fall 2012

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 16 Aug 2012

Last Modified: 15 Nov 2012