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Is it fine to sleep a lot when you have emphysema?

Is it fine to sleep a lot when you have emphysema?

Yes: It is typical for patients with emphysema to sleep a great deal. Often people with emphysema expend considerable energy just breathing. Thus they are fatigued and often sleep more. Other factors could be involved such as an elevated carbon dioxide or infection, thus if this is an acute change a doctor needs to be consulted. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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My husband aged 43 has emphysema. He always seems to be coughing and is not sleeping very well at night. Is this normal for someone with emphysema?

My husband aged 43 has emphysema. He always seems to be coughing and is not sleeping very well at night. Is this normal for someone with emphysema?

COPD: All those things are common with emphysema. The worse the problem the worse the symptoms. Should discuss with his dr. What the expectations and treatments are. ...Read more

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My husband has last stage COPD and langerhand cell and has been sleeping a lot also is starting to twitch and his memory is bad should I be worried.

My husband has last stage COPD and langerhand cell and has been sleeping a lot also is starting to twitch and his memory is bad should I be worried.

See doctor....: The symptoms you describe could be due to a low oxygen level and/or a high carbon dioxide level. He may need supplemental oxygen which may improve the situation. He needs to see a doctor asap; take him to the er if these symptoms are worsening. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with copd, why do I want to sleep all the time?

See doctor...: Increased sleepiness in a COPD patient can be due to decreased oxygen levels as well as increased carbon dioxide levels, a potentially serious combination. An arterial blood has analysis, or abg, can check both your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels so see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If your symptoms are associated with increased shortness of breath, go to er. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause copd ?

Can sleep apnea cause copd ?

Not directly...: Untreated sleep apnea can have many complications but it does not directly cause COPD. The obstruction that is talked about in sleep apnea is more of a mechanical obstruction of the upper airways related to redundant soft tissue. The airway obstruction in COPD is related to disease of the airways caused typically from smoking. Hope this helps!!!! ...Read more

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How can I cure my COPD breathlessness in order to sleep?

How can I cure my COPD breathlessness in order to sleep?

See doctor: There are many treatments for COPD but the word cure is probably not very appropriate. You can improve but it is doubtful you will be cured. First the diagnosis has to be clarified with various tests which will also help decide how severe is the problem. If you are smoking, stop. There are pills and inhaled medicines that improve copd. You may need oxygen at night or during the day as well. ...Read more

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Can it help to run a vaporizer w/ vaporizer med when you sleep if you have copd?

Can it help to run a vaporizer w/ vaporizer med when you sleep if you have copd?

Maybe: Depends on what you are trying to achieve. If nighttime awakening related to COPD is a problem, a bedtime nebulization could be helpful. Otherwise, a scheduled nebulization at night does not normally add any benefit. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more