Is it normal with copd to feel like I have an heavy blanket across my chest when I wake from sleeping?

Is it normal with copd to feel like I have an heavy blanket across my chest when I wake from sleeping? Whatever my sleeping position, propped up or lying down, makes no difference, But after getting up and using my inhalers it does ease off slowly.


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  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi Susanmarie –

    Many people with COPD complain of a heaviness or tightness in their chest. It can be at anytime of day, but it’s certainly not uncommon for people to feel it when first waking up. In fact, here’s an article we had a while back that discussed that.

    https://copd.net/symptoms/chest-tightness/

    Regards,
    Lyn (site moderator)

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