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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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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 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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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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If pulse ox is low at night- how to tell if it's sleep apena or copd? Is there a sure fire way to tell the cause? Sleep study showed very few.

If pulse ox is low at night- how to tell if it's sleep apena or copd? Is there a sure fire way to tell the cause? Sleep study showed very few.

Many causes....: There are many different problems that can cause a low pulse ox during sleep. A sleep test can diagnose obstructive sleep apnea as well as central sleep apnea. If neither of those are present as the cause of the low pulse ox, a pulmonary function test can determine if the airways are obstructed or restricted. An eval by a lung doc can help make the diagnosis and treat the cause. ...Read more

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Everything tastes salty. Have been diagnosed with COPD within the last 4 months. CO2 rises if don't sleep with bipap. Losing weight because salty tast?

Everything tastes salty. Have been diagnosed with COPD within the last 4 months. CO2 rises if don't sleep with bipap. Losing weight because salty tast?

Salty taste causes: First you must differentiate salty and metallic taste. If more metallic, then mouth bleeding or medication side effects should be considered. Most salty taste due to dehydration so try hydrating if so. Otherwise, consider postnasal drip, and some rarer causes like smoking, sjogrens disease, MS, and even mild stroke. You are best off consulting with your regular doctor but I hope you feel better;) ...Read more

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If I had mild copd, and gave up cigaretts, which I did 8 months ago would that halt my copd? I am not sure if sleep apnea or copd

COPD & OSA: The overlap of these two conditions can be very dangerous. Stopping smoking is a great start! To gauge you lung capacity you nee to have Pulmonary Function Test with DLCO AND A CHEST CT. Treatment with inhalers can help immensely. With OSA, weight loss is crucial. You also should see an ENT for surgery consult UPP FOR OSA. This will open up your anatomical airway and help both issues ...Read more

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I have stage 4 emphasema and nonischemic cardiomyopathy. I am worn out all the time even after a good niter sleep. Is this from copd? All labs r good

I have stage 4 emphasema and nonischemic cardiomyopathy. I am worn out all the time even after a good niter sleep. Is this from copd? All labs r good

Complicated question: Could be related to copd, to cardiomyopathy or to another condition or medications (I do not see any meds for htn). You really should see a doc face to face to have a few simple things evaluated. Consider oxygenation, sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation, worsening cm, thyroid, anemia, etc. ...Read more

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Coughs 24/7 even sleeping hours. Propped up with two pillows. Not sick/asthma. Heavy smoker. Coughing 6mos or more. Could this be COPD? Congested 24/7

Coughs 24/7 even sleeping hours. Propped up with two pillows. Not sick/asthma. Heavy smoker. Coughing 6mos or more. Could this be COPD? Congested 24/7

Pulm. Visit: I would suggest an eval by a lung specialist. It is important to analyze the sputum, perform lung function testing and to obtain an imaging study. I hope that you can try to quit. The American Lung Association can help if you give them a call.
Congestion can cause post nasal drip and you can try a decongestant at night. This can contribute to your cough, but since you smoke, pls visit M.D. ...Read more

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I have COPD and a recent blood test showed my hematocrit of 55. Oxsymmetry test was ok. What could be the cause? Sleep apnea? Thanks

I have COPD and a recent blood test showed my hematocrit of 55. Oxsymmetry test was ok. What could be the cause? Sleep apnea? Thanks

Ask your doctor: Your hematocrit is slightly high but it is not unexpected if you have COPD which causes some impairment of oxygenation of the blood. So your body is making more red cells in order to compensate for it.
Ask you doctor if the other blood cells are all normal because similar changes can occur in Polycythemia Vera (P.Vera) which is a blood disease where there is excessive production of red cells &wbc, ...Read more

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I have asthma. Sometimes I get tightness in my chest and it gets hard for me to breath even when I'm sleeping or laying down. Could this be copd? How?

I have asthma. Sometimes I get tightness in my chest and it gets hard for me to breath even when I'm sleeping or laying down. Could this be copd? How?

Unlikely COPD: By age alone unless you have some predisposition, like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, you don't have copd, and only pft can elucidate that. Triggers for sob or asthma have to be sought, as things like gerd, or allergies can be circumvented to avoid exacerbation. Dusts and dust mites are other triggers at night or laying down. Talk to your doctors as you may both find your triggers and help you. ...Read more

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If I had copd what would my average spo2 level be? I sleep study for sleep apnea but breathing can be hard during day and wonder if causing afib

Depends: Severe COPD average spO2 runs around 88-93%. Mild COPD above 95%-these are at resting or non acute states. COPD is also one of the main causes of AFibb as it places pressure on Atria-which are top chambers of heart-over time, causing them to stretch thin and then Fibrillate. Holter monitor would help see if u are having AFibb during a regular day for u. And PFT's tells where COPD is in severity ...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


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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more