March 4, 2018
Does anyone with COPD sleep in a recliner? If so please share benefits.
October 9, 2019
Sometimes I fall asleep in my recliner I sleep good till my back starts hurting then I have to go to bed. wish could sleep on my side in my recliner as it helps to breath better.
Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator
October 10, 2019
Hi toby, and thanks for joining in this conversation. The recliner can be a very welcoming piece of furniture to fall asleep on. It may not be the best furniture or position for back issues. When you do awaken (in the recliner), are you able to fall back asleep in your bed? Leon (site moderator)
April 1, 2018
I have been sleeping in a recliner for more than 15 yrs because of COPD and sciatica. I can breathe better with my upper body elevated than I can lying flat on my back.
March 5, 2018
Hello Nedra. I've slept in a recliner for about three years now. I didn't start sleeping in it because of COPD but because I'd had major surgery and sleeping in a bed just didn't work. My recliner is top-of-the-line and will fully recline, the back is adjustable apart from the tilt. Sleeping in the recliner can be uncomfortable at times if you like to sleep on your side or sprawled out. It can be very difficult to get out of if the power is off and the battery runs out. However, the advantages outweigh the mild disadvantages. My GERD is much better. Surprising benefit: my hips don't hurt anymore. If I'm having a lot of trouble breathing, I can be upright while my legs are up. That would be the best benefit I think. Find the exact place you are most comfortable at the push of a button without fussing with pillows. For my lazy side, no more making the bed although the chair gets a good cleaning every few days (it's leather, not fabric). For the weird side, I can lower the footrest so my elderly dog can "climb" it to get in my lap. I hope this helps.