How to Sleep Comfortably with Blood Clots in the Lung

As a virtual assistant language model AI, I am not qualified to provide medical advice. It is important to always seek the guidance of a medical professional if you are experiencing blood clots in the lung or any other concerning symptoms. This blog post aims to provide general information about sleeping with blood clots in the lung and tips that may be helpful for those who have been diagnosed with this condition.

Understanding Blood Clots in the Lung

Blood clots can develop throughout your body, but when they form in your lungs, it’s called pulmonary embolism (PE). A PE occurs when one or more of these clots travel from another part of your body, such as your leg, through veins and into arteries that lead to your lungs. Once there, they can block circulation inside the lung and cause serious complications like difficulty breathing, chest pain, low oxygen levels or even death.


It’s important to address possible signs of a pulmonary embolism early on. Here are some symptoms:

– Chest pain
– Shortness of breath
– Rapid heartbeat
– Dizziness or lightheadedness
– Coughing up blood

If you experience any combination of these symptoms – particularly sudden onset – see a doctor immediately.

Sleeping with Blood Clots in Lung: Some Tips To Consider

When you’ve been diagnosed with blood clotting disorders or something like PE – now what? Bed rest is often recommended and while sleep disturbances can happen during rest periods following diagnosis/episode due to worry/anxiety here are some ways which could help:

1. Positioning

Keep yourself comfortable by positioning yourself with pillows under different parts of your body such as head elevation using an extra pillow; support around knees using pillows underneath them so legs remain bent at 30 degrees angle across thighs rather than being straight.

2. Medication

Medications such as anticoagulants or blood thinners are usually prescribed to prevent further formation of clots and may come with instructions on when the medication should be taken. Follow your doctor’s orders closely.

3. Exercise

When you have been diagnosed with a PE, you may need to avoid any physical activity for a few weeks, but after that point exercise can be beneficial in reducing risk factors which can contribute to future clotting events. This includes exercising regularly, staying hydrated and taking frequent breaks if working sedentary jobs that require long periods of sitting.


Living with blood clots in the lung is undoubtedly difficult and requires careful management by medical professionals. If you have recently been diagnosed, it’s important to follow all recommended treatments diligently while also incorporating lifestyle changes like daily exercise into your routine as well as being sure to get plenty of restful sleep at night so your body has an opportunity heal itself properly during that time!