Tips for Better Sleep with COPD

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Sep 26, 2017 10:15:15 PM

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for progressive respiratory issues like emphysema. chronic bronchitis, and asthma. In addition to breathing problems, more than 50% of COPD patients have problems sleeping. Sleep interruption may be caused by COPD symptoms or it could be due to side effects of the medication prescribed for the condition. This is an issue that requires intervention by a physician because the effects on respiratory patients are more detrimental than on healthy people.

In a patient, the effect of sleep deprivation lessens an already affected quality of life. The odds of mortality are also significantly increased if the sleep disorder is not attended to. Due to damaged lung or blocked airways, a patient may experience difficulty breathing. In another instance, COPD may cause oxygen desaturation in the blood. Waking up constantly to take medication or to urinate may also cause one to feel drained in the morning. Here are a few things you can do to improve your sleep pattern.

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Topics: COPD, Sleep Apnea

How to Choose the Perfect CPAP Mask for You

Posted by Eden Coleman on Oct 5, 2016 4:03:56 PM

According to the Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans are diagnosed with sleep apnea.

If you are apart of those more than 18 million Americans to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, your next step will be to pursue treatment.

Typically this will begin with the prescription for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment device. If you are confused on the different PAP machines available, check out our article CPAP vs. BiPAP: Defining the Differences.

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Topics: Sleep Apnea

CPAP vs. BiPAP: Defining the Differences

Posted by Eden Coleman on Oct 9, 2015 2:11:47 PM

When diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA) or complex sleep apnea, you may be confused on the differences and benefits of a CPAP, BiPAP, Auto-CPAP, VPAP, and ASV device. Depending on your diagnosis different machines will be more beneficial than another. After this you will be equipped with the knowledge to make the most informed purchasing decision according to your prescription so you can enjoy the highest level of sleep apnea treatment quality. Remember to always follow your prescription, as a CPAP prescription won’t work for a BiPAP prescription and vice versa.

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Topics: Sleep Apnea