My husband (78) has COPD. He no longer smokes but sleeps about 14 hours a day. Is this normal?

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He seems to be content to do nothing when he is awake. He doesn't take any medication or use oxygen.

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The first thing I wondered about was if his brain was getting enough oxygen. Pam's idea of getting a pulse oximeter is a good one. Since he has COPD, normal for him might be 90-92% -- not good, but it happens with COPD. If you find his O2 sat is consistently low, say 90 or less, work with your husband to bring his blood O2 up. He may not want the extra O2 or to do breathing exercises, but it will give him a lot more energy if O2 is the problem.

Has his doctor told you what his O2 levels when your husband has an appointment? That would give you a good metric to judge how well your husband is doing. Be sure to compare your oximeter to the one your doctor uses. Some oximeters are very inaccurate, so need to be checked.
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struggling to breath can make you very tired. I have asthma... I get frustrated but it is what it is. I never smoked. He may be somewhat depressed and discouraged. take care..
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When was the last time your husband saw a lung specialist? I ask because my husband was sleeping like that awhile back and was diagnosed with a lung infection ... It was terrible how much he slept and when he was awake he was hardly able to do anything ... OK he went to work ... barely made the drive home without falling asleep at the wheel ... ate and was sleeping and snooring right after that. In fact he'd be dozing off at the table while I was talking to him ... Definitely not him ... I mean on his best day he's not an "energizer bunny" but still this was even too do nothing and sleepy for him ... Lung infection was diagnosed ... cleared and he's 90% better ... He still smokes (dummy) but hey you can lead a horse to water but if they won't drink they'll just end up eventually dieing of thirst!
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Go to the drugstore and get a fingertip Oximeter for about $20. You can measure O2 saturation and heart rate with it in about 4 seconds.
Nicotine withdrawal could be the cause of his fatigue, so discuss this with his MD and make sure all systems are working properly.
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