Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disorder such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases chronic asthma. Patients with COPD may have:

  • difficulty breathing
  • chronic cough
  • fatigue, and
  • chest tightening.

COPDChronic obstructive pulmonary disease can also create reduced blood oxygen levels, causing fatigue and leading to adverse health conditions. Sleep problems and sleepiness are common in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients, partly due to symptoms but also because of the medications used to treat COPD.

In addition, changes in breathing during sleep that do not affect healthy people may lead to more severe conditions in people with COPD, which may worsen and complicate COPD since they reduce blood oxygen. Even COPD patients without obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may experience a drop in oxygen during sleep.

Contact us today at (386) 423-0505 extension 1234 or email us for complete information on sleep disorders or a sleep study at one of our four sleep lab locations in Central Florida.