Living with COPD Series
In the Bedroom
- Put your bed on rollers if it must be
moved or keep it away from the wall if at all possible.
- Raise your bed if the current height
makes it difficult for you to get in and out of.
- Organize you closets for easy
access. Make top shelves and rods low enough for easy reaching without
- Organize drawers so that your most
commonly used items are in those you can reach easily.
- Although lovely, fancy curtains, dust
ruffles and table skirts are a breeding ground for dust, dust mites,
animal hair, pet dander, etc. These create more work for you in
cleaning and maintaining your home. Instead, try to go for less frills
and more practicality. There are lovely curtains that are easy to care
for. The use of shades or mini-blinds with a cute little topper or
alone can be nice. They come in all kinds of attractive colors these
days and are easy to care for.
- An oversized comforter on your bed
will cover a multitude of errors. Just pull it up over
everything. When removing the comforter for linen changing, fold it in
quarters. It is easier to put back on by placing it on the corner it
was removed from and just unfolding it again.
- When making your bed, try to make one
side at a time and then go around to the other side to complete
it. You can place your fitted sheet and top sheet on one side then go
to the other, completing you bed making almost in one trip around the
bed. Practice what works best for you. There are many new styles of
sheets available, including a t-shirt style, which is easy to apply
- Maintain a temperature that is most
comfortable for your breathing. Some prefer to have air circulating at
all times. A nice ceiling fan, an oscillating fan on a stand or a
tabletop fan will help greatly.
Going to Bed
- Even getting ready and going to bed can
be stress-free if planned ahead.
- You may wish to wash and put on your
nightclothes earlier in the evening then relax for a bit before bedtime.
- Set up your nightstand or bedside table
with any items you may need during the night. Items to include are: a
telephone, emergency numbers, light, flashlight, medications if needed,
(like a rescue inhaler or your nebulizer), a glass of water. If you get
thirsty during the night, there are many insulated-type cups and mugs
available with lids to help prevent spillage. Any thing else you think
you may need, such as a small snack, tissues, your favorite novel or a
- Do NOT keep large supplies of
medications on your bedside table. We can occasionally become confused
during the night, especially if you take mind-altering medications, such
as tranquilizers or sleep aids. You do not want to take the chance that
you took a medication, forget that you took it and retake it by
mistake. Take only what you will need for the that night to your
- To cut down on frequent bathroom trips,
if you are so inclined, there are urinals available for both male as
well as females.
- A small night-light may be a good idea
if you awaken during the night. It lessens the chance that you will
awake suddenly and perhaps trip or fall during the night, especially
over your oxygen tubing.
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