Lying flat forces the lungs to function harder and many people affected by COPD find themselves having a hard time to get a deep sleep. Lying down balances the phlegm and mucus from the bronchial tube to the throat that result to coughing throughout the night, waking up and interrupting deep sleep.
MORE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF C.O.P.D. (CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE)
Before going to sleep, do you amass pillows to raise your head and chest to make an easier breathing while asleep? Sleeping in a chair with recliner is an easier breathing position to sleep. The usual lying flat position while sleeping is natural but waking up feeling sickly or even dizzy is alarming.
Lying flat forces the lungs to function harder and many people affected by COPD find themselves having a hard time to get a deep sleep. Lying down balances the phlegm and mucus from the bronchial tube to the throat that result to coughing throughout the night, waking up and interrupting deep sleep. This chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi – medium size airways in the lungs. It is considered one form of COPD defined clinically as a long persistent cough that produces sputum (phlegm) and mucus.
Signs and Symptoms:
? Expectorating Cough (Productive cough – one that yields sputum)
? Shortness of breath and Wheezing
? Occasional chest pains
? Fever, fatigue and malaise may occur
? Mucus is often yellow or greenish and sometimes orange-red defending on the pathogen inflammation.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease combined with poor sleep gets complicated and most likely develop into sleep apnea and GERD – gastro-esophageal reflux disease neither of which is conducive to refreshing sleep.
A decisive point: If one wake always through the night experiencing troubles in breathing or coughing, or waking up in the morning with weak feeling and possibly with headache, talk to your doctor immediately.
Chest and Diaphragm
As a result of chronic inflammation, the lungs become enlarged forcing the diaphragm to go downward which makes it difficult for the diaphragm to contract efficiently. In Chinese therapeutic exercises and Yoga postures suggest proper breathing always activate the diaphragm to produce a healthy lungs.
When the chest wall becomes enlarged as well, it weakens the muscles in the neck, chest and ribs; they are tagged as the ‘respiratory muscles accessory.’ People suffering with chronic pulmonary disorder unknowingly try to even off by leaning forward while sitting with their arms in front of them. In this position, they stabilize the upper chest and shoulders to make the accessory muscles of respiration easy to use.
While on the reverse posture, raising your arms over your head while breathing is a particular position used by doctors to check for COPD progression. Physicians are looking for enlarged chest, which describes a particular position and body shape that tends to develop as a advance symptom.
Color Symptoms on lips or fingernails
Cyanosis is a physical sign causing bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes. Cyanosis is caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood. If your blood does not circulate enough oxygen throughout your body, the lips and fingernails take on a bluish gray tone, apparently on nail beds or the skin. Oxygen rich blood is bright red in color while blood with less oxygen turns dark and bluish colored. In dark-skinned people the discoloration is visible in lips, gums and around the eyes.
According to Doctor Norman Edelman, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association reveals that when one is not breathing deeply enough at night, carbon dioxide builds up while one is sleeping, that result to a dull, throbbing headache upon waking up in the morning. The build-up of carbon dioxide causes blood vessels in the brain to dilate, leading to headaches. Don’t treat them as a separate symptom, but focus on the underlying cause – make sure you get enough oxygen into your lungs while asleep. If the headaches stay, talk to your doctor about treatment to reduce inflammation and increase capacity of the lungs.
Progression in COPD
As COPD advances, it becomes associated with heart failure; the circulatory system is lacking the proper amount of oxygen it needs to be healthy. This may lead to fluid build up which is most visible as swollen feet and ankles. Dr. Edelman states that as the lungs get worse, the ability of the body to compensate goes down and the heart can not pump harder enough.
When the heart can’t pump properly to supply blood to the liver and kidneys, they can’t perform necessary duties of flushing out toxins and eliminating fluid.