Sleeping and Rest

A good sleep pattern and getting enough sleep is important.

  • Natural sleep is the best and sleeping pills should be avoided.
  • Sleep does not need to be in one 8 hour block. Having a day time nap is good but a sleep over night should still be the major part of the pattern.
  • Sleeping with extra pillows to avoid lying flat can help.
  • Daily exercise not only helps the lungs and heart but also aids sleep patterns.
  • Alcohol can disrupt good sleep patterns. An over use of alcohol can cause falls. Many drugs interact with alcohol making them less effective. Patients/clients should keep to the guidance and not exceed 14 units per week.
  • Keep the bedroom at a comfortable temperature, not too hot or cold. In hot weather a fan may help to ease the feeling of breathlessness.
  • Avoid distractions such as mobile phones or television just before going to bed. Allow some winding down time. Read a book or practice breathing techniques to relax.
  • Avoid eating or drinking for a few hours before going to bed.