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Why am I having trouble sleeping?

Worsening heart failure can make it difficult to get a good nights rest. Thats because fluid collecting in the lungs makes breathing difficult when youre lying flat.

You may notice that you need more pillows than usual to sleep comfortably. Or that you wheeze, feel your chest tighten, or cant stop coughing when you lie back. You may wake up during the night and feel like youre drowning, or like you cant breathe.

Call your provider right away if you experience breathing problems that interfere with your sleep or if you need to sleep sitting up or with more pillows that usual.