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Hello,

Does anyone else have difficulty sleeping due to COPD? My wife has great difficulty and sometimes, even if she gets 6 - 8 hours of sleep (which is rare), she doesn't feel rested - she wakes up several times during the night.

She also has difficulty going to sleep.

I would appreciate any input or advice.

Thank you in advance.

Beginning of the discussion - 02/08/2019

Wife can't sleep due to COPD
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Hello Eddy,

I too suffer from sleeping problems because of COPD. My doctor prescribed me xanax and that has helped a lot to calm down the whole system. I'm not sure if that could also help your wife, but she should go to her doctor and ask. I know it has helped me a lot.

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I also have problems waking up in the night often I’m trying to figure out how to deal with it
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I too am a restless sleeper, perhaps it is par for the disease. To help with breathing I use frankincense essential oil. As it is pricey to get real essential oil and a burner uses it up too quickly I put about 2cms of Himalayan salt crystals in a screw top jar ( a jam jar will do nicely, try to get a wide necked one if possible) add 5 drops of the oil and shake gently. I put it on my bedside table, where I have it open at night and covered during the day. I top it up, using the same salts, every 5 to 7 days. This tip makes the oil go a long way. Every one in my breathe right class now use this. It might help you too.

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I have COPD and I also have sleep problems. My sleep problem is severe obstructive sleep apnea, when I was checked for this they found out I was stopping breathing over 40 times an hour. I have a CPAP machine that keeps a constant air flow across my face at night. Might be an idea to speak to your GP about this, or go on line and find the Hepworth test and answer the questions and if you get above 9 I think it is definitely see your GP

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I also suffer from sleepless, restless nights, suffering from COPD but also Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Depression and Anxiety.  I often wake up with coughing spasms.   I also have severe sweats which doesn't help.  I have a Himalayan Salt Lamp in the bedroom, and also one in the living room which sometimes seem to help, other times not.  I find the weather has a big impact on my COPD.  Too hot, too dry, too wet, too cold all seem to have an impact on me.  I had the window open during the hot weather, but this just seems to make my situation worse, so now I try to keep the window closed and have my lamp on during the day with the door closed.   I try to keep it on at night, but find it even more difficult to sleep with light in the room.  From comments sleep problems seem to be part of your life if you have COPD.  I also use Olbas Oil on my pillows, or sometimes Vic which does help keep my nose and sinuses clearer during the night.  

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Hi I must be lucky ,I don't have that problem ,have you tried Valarian its a herb and can be bought on line or a herbal shop ...Good Luck 

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I can’t add any more tips to those you have already. Good luck

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I have restless nights due to COPD and arthritic pain I find if I take Tramadol around 5pm it relaxes me and aids sleep. I also have a chair which massages so helps the breathing I am informed. Hot chocolate or herbal tea often helps rest. 

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I take two anatriplian tabs at night apart from dodgybladder waking me I sleep ok the damp has made my back and leg problem worse but used to take morphine but weaned myself off as was causing stomach problems so apart from gabapentian which helps a little I get not much relief as cant take antiflamatory tabs as cause stomach bleeds so at this time of year suffer quite badly