Sleep and Rest

You deserve a good night's sleep. It's even more important when you're living with COPD, since a better night's sleep can give you more energy for day-to-day activities.

copd and sleep

Around half of all people with COPD say their condition limits their ability to sleep.

How Can Copd Interrupt Your Sleep?

  • LOW OXYGEN LEVELS: You may or may not know if you have a low oxygen level when you sleep. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you're having trouble sleeping, and you may be referred for a sleep evaluation.  Read More 
  • SLEEP APNEA: Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep—for a few seconds to a minute or longer—at least 3 nights a week. If you have or think you have sleep apnea, talk to your healthcare provider about treatment.
  • MEDICATIONS: Some medications, when taken near bedtime, may make falling asleep more difficult. Ask your healthcare provider if any of your medications may have this effect.
  • COUGHING: If coughing wakes you up at night, make sure to talk to your doctor.  Close 

do's and don'ts for a good night's sleep


Keep your room quiet,
dark, and cool.
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Develop a bedtime routine
and stick to it.

Relax before bedtime.

Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day of the week, including weekends.


Get into bed until you are tired.


Drink caffeine.

talk to your doctor about sleeping patterns

Try to keep a sleep journal to share with your healthcare provider, especially if you're having problems falling and staying asleep.  Read More  Writing down things such as what you were doing before bed, and what time you fell asleep and woke up, can help you and your healthcare provider identify any patterns you may not have noticed. Also, make sure to mention any of the following sleep problems to your doctor:

  • Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • Waking up in the morning with headaches
  • Awaking with shortness of breath
  • Hearing from your sleep partner that you stop breathing during sleep  Close