Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Insomnia a risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary patients

Insomnia is highly prevalent in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study shows. A group of 72 military veterans in Tucson with COPD were studied for a week. Researchers determined that 27 percent of them had insomnia. Smokers and those experiencing sadness and/or anxiety had higher odds.

Patients with insomnia had a worse quality of life and a higher incidence of daytime sleepiness. They slept for less hours and less efficiently. COPD patients who used oxygen, however, had a lower risk for developing insomnia. The study was published in the March edition of the journal SLEEP.

Learn more about insomnia due to a medical condition or sleeping short of the average hours for an age group. Or read additional blog posts about insomnia.

1 comment:

Doug said...

With COPD, is their insomnia represented by one particular kind - unable to get asleep, unable to stay asleep - waking up frequently? Insomnia can be such a "catch all" term....

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