If you can't remember the last time you got a good night's sleep, you are not alone. Many people with COPD
find that their sleep is interrupted by breathing difficulties and other COPD symptoms
. If you have found a sure-fire way to fall asleep, share your tips with the rest of us. Share Your Tips
Listening to Audio Books
- I have found that listening to audio books has been an excellent sleep aid. My anxiety and disturbing thoughts are crowded out by my interest in the story. If I wake up during the night, which I often do, I simply resume listening. Audio books are not as stimulating as tv and there is no led which I have read inhibits sleep. I have tried many different methods including prescription medication but listening to the audio book far exceeds anything else and provides pleasure as well. If there is a partner in your bed, just use earphones and s/he won't be disturbed. Horror stories, however, may not be your best choice! Even if you typically have not been a "reader", it's worth a try. Good luck.
Honey Does It For Me
- I have emphysema, am a recovering alcoholic, and am a chronic insomniac!! Life can be so much fun eh?
I take one-two teaspoons of honey close to bedtime and it`s really helped a lot!! Heard about this on the Dr. Oz show. I've also been taking 200mgs. amitriptyline (aka. elavil) approx. an hour before sleep time with mixed results. Finally, keep your bedroom temperature at a level that is quite comfortable for you and no TV an hour before bedtime as well. Quality and quantity of sleep has improved . Good luck!!!
- —Guest Denis
Boring TV in the background
- I sit and relax. Turn on a boring TV talk program and I'm ready to sleep. Exception: Last two nights started with a C-PAP nasal forced air and it's presences on my face is keeping me awake. Any suggestions other than taking it off??
- —Guest Marj
- I try to have quiet time and then my sister gently massages my legs, back and neck and shoulders. Reverse that order - it usually knocks me out for at least two hours. I have to get up and clear my airways again and then i pray (my meditation.) I think the feeling of a human touch is soothing when you're scared all the time. I hope this helps someone God Bless
- —Guest massage
A Small, Desktop Fan
- The soft sound it makes masks any street noises. Focusing on its gentle whirring stills my mind and I drift into sleep quickly. Also, I use my bedroom only for sleeping. No TV, radio, CD's or books.
- —Guest Marilyn
Classical Music and More...
- Classical music played softly. Imagining a beautiful place in detail. Prayer.
- —Guest Raki
- I am a great fan of these, but the reader has to have a good speaking voice. I usually listen to crime stories.
Prescription Sleep Aids
- Though I won't sleep without my CPAP mask, I frequently use prescribed sleeping pills. Otherwise, I find I just lay there too long, and wake up frequently; even though apnea is supposedly under control.
- I try to have chill out time before I go to bed. I may play some relaxation music or watch a bit of TV.