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CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
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CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
I should probably also ask my sleep doctor but I will ask here first.  What can I use while camping or maybe going out of country in lieu of my machine?  I just want to stop the snoring temporarily.  My sister uses a device called ZQuiet that stops her snoring.  Any recommendations?  I have moderate apnea and use a setting of 7.
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RE: CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
There are battery packs you can use while camping.

As for traveling out of country? Take it with you. Look carefully at the fine print on the power supply or case. It will probably say "110/220V 50/60Hz" and that means all you need are a couple of adapters so your power cord plug can match up with the local outlets.
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RE: CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
You will enjoy your trips more if you take your machine. But there are things you can do.

You can sleep in a recliner or otherwise at a sitting, only slightly reclined position.
You can make it so you never sleep on your back. Like duct tape a tennis ball to the back of your shirt. Some even use a backpack with tennis balls or something painful to discourage laying on their back.

There are several mini-CPAPs available now so that's an option.
PaulaO

Take a deep breath and count to zen.




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RE: CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
Thanks for the reply.  I should clarify that I am looking specifically for something to use as a temporary substitute.  I will have to pack very light and will possibly be in the middle of nowhere for up to two weeks.  Do the mouthpieces work as a temporary substitute?

I am a side/stomach sleeper so the tennis balls will not be necessary.  Good idea, though!
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RE: CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
Unless you have been specifically told you never roll onto your back, you don't really know if you never sleep that way. Several years ago, I would have sworn I never sleep on my back. Ha. I was told I fall asleep on my side, holding my body pillow like I am supposed to. Then I rolled onto my back and slept that way the rest of the night. About an hour before I woke up, I rolled back onto my side and wrapped around my body pillow. Since I woke up that way, I assumed I slept that way.

But I digressed.

Dental devices sometimes work. You have to be fitted for it. With your treatment pressure being so low, it may work for you.

This is assuming you have Obstructive SA. If you have central, your machine is all you have.

Some of the mini-CPAPs have external batteries but they would need to be recharged. A folding solar charger might work. And the battery packs for the regular xPAPs are getting smaller and more lightweight.

Test all these options out before you go anywhere. Work out the kinks, first. You can even test to see if you can go without your CPAP for that long. I suggest getting a cheap recording oximeter and using that to track yourself.
PaulaO

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RE: CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
I have gone for a night or two without the "machine" before with no apparent ill effect.  The only problem I had was sometimes waking up from a "snort".  I saw the many cheap oximeters on Amazon.  This would be used to see if I am getting enough O2 saturation when not using my "machine", correct?
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RE: CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
Yes. Just make sure it is a RECORDING one and not a spot check.
PaulaO

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RE: CPAP Substitute While Camping or Traveling
Philips DreamStation now has a "travel" CPAP machine available.  It is very small and could fit into a purse.  I have heard it is pricey.
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