Why am I having trouble sleeping?

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

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