How to Choose a Bed Pillow for COPD & Sleep Apnea

Sleep difficulties are a common side effect to health problems such as sleep apnea or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Your quality of life can be adversely affected if you cannot get the proper sleep each night to restore your body. Choosing the correct type of bed pillow helps reduce the symptoms of these diseases so that you can rest better. Sleep apnea is a condition that blocks or partially blocks your air passageways when you are trying to sleep. COPD refers to different diseases that restrict the proper airflow to your lungs, thus making it difficult to breathe.

A restless night of sleep makes you want to hit the snooze button frequently.

Step 1

Shop at places that carry a large assortment of different styles of pillows. Excellent places to find special pillows are department, bed and bath or health supply stores.

Step 2

Look for a cervical pillow. This type of pillow supports your head and keeps it in one position to help prevent sleep apnea breathing problems.

Step 3

Check the label to determine what materials the cervical pillow contains. Foam rubber is best for sufferers of COPD, since the material does not harbor dust mites as much as a goose down or feather pillow. Dust mites aggravate breathing due to frequent coughing.

Step 4

Purchase a pillow case that is dust mite- or bed bug-proof. These materials reduce dust mites that aggravate the COPD symptoms. Your cervical pillow may come with its own cover, but may not be dust mite-proof.

Chelsea Fitzgerald

Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.