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Sleeping difficulty in CHF
Simply curious, anyone else have , had or know anyone who has/had difficulty sleeping with heart failure? My husband is having a lot of discomfort with breathing during rest/sleep time. He states that when he is sleeping he wakes "short of breath". He does not lay flat to sleep but sleeps sitting up in a recliner. Wondering if anyone may have experience with this ?
mghd20, June 6, 2021 7:28pm EST
My lungs were filling with water because of my weakening heart. Led to the feet swelling, coughing for 3 weeks and nearly collapsing and dying.
AHAModerator, June 6, 2021 9:22pm EST
Thank you for reaching out to the support network. I'm sorry to hear that your husband is experiencing discomfort when he's trying to rest. I encourage you and your husband to raise these concerns with his physician to get their insight on what could be the cause. I can also share this page on Living with Heart Failure that has resources and fact sheets. Please keep us updated on how your husband is doing!
JamesPL, June 7, 2021 9:50pm EST
Not sure if this helps at all but after my open heart surgery, I could only sleep on my back. The only way I was able to do that comfortably was to use a couple of pillows under my torso to prop me up a little. Although I didn't sleep as well as my traditional method of sleeping on my side, it was much better than sleeping flat on my back.
adrianz, June 9, 2021 3:59am EST
I had to sleep on recliner too at the beginning, even so bad sleep quality. It can be assuaged when heart function improve.