Autonomy: live your life
Here are some practical daily tips to help you remain independent when living with and being treated for sleep apnea. With a little bit of forward planning, organization and information, you can live the life you want!
Travelling with my CPAP
The CPAP device is relatively small, portable and travels easily. Most patients take it with them when they travel, so as not to interrupt their sleep therapy. You do not have to be concerned about traveling with your CPAP, though there are some important things to know:
- Voltage abroad: CPAP can be used in any country and most machines will automatically convert to the appropriate voltage.
- There is a good chance that airlines will let you use your CPAP on a plane if you advise them of your needs in advance.
- High altitude can make CPAP less effective, but it is still worth using it.
- No electricity? You may be able to run your CPAP equipment off a battery for up to about 8 hours.
- Oxygen: it is dangerous to use oxygen while running CPAP off a battery.
- Humidifiers: not all humidifiers can run off batteries, so it is important to check yours.
- Be careful: it is easy to damage CPAP equipment in transit; take care of it.
- If you have any questions about traveling with your CPAP, we are here to help.
What are the effects of jet lag on sleep apnea
Jet lag desynchronizes the biological clock in our brain and disrupts our sleep cycle. The capacity to adapt to jet lag is variable and diminishes as we grow older. Here are some useful tips to limit its effects:
- Adjust your watch as soon as the aircraft touches down. This will help you adapt to the new time zone as quickly as possible.
- Eat at local meal times.
- If you travel westwards, the day will be longer, so take a nap in the morning, stay exposed to light and have a hot shower in the evening.
- If you travel eastwards, the day will be shorter, so expose yourself to light in the morning, have a cool shower and go to bed early.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
- Do some exercise.
- Eat protein (meat, fish) to stay awake or consume sweet food to fall asleep.
Do not let jet lag keep you from enjoying your travels. Have a nice trip!