(08-09-2015, 12:20 PM)eseedhouse Wrote:Breathing into a paper bag is the classic way to increase CO2 level in your blood. The method is used to increase CO2 levels when one hyperventilates. There are experimental devices that can be attached to CPAP machines that increases CO2 levels in this manner. http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dean...000000.pdf(08-08-2015, 10:34 PM)archangle Wrote: The theory is this:
Your respiratory drive is driven more by CO2 concentration than by O2 concentration. This is believed to be part of the reason some people get central apnea on CPAP. You may end up "washing out" CO2, which reduces your respiratory drive.
So far this is correct so far as I understand.
Quote:Increasing the CO2 level in your inhaled air may increase your blood CO2 level
And this is where I think you go wrong. Why should increasing the level of CO2 you inhale increase your blood levels of CO2? Your lungs are adapted to selectively extract oxygen from inhaled air and NOT to extract other inhaled gasses. The CO2 in your blood is a product of oxidization in your tissues. It is the CO2 in the blood that triggers the breathing reflex, not the CO2 in your lungs.
You have the causation backwards, in my opinion.
Can you cite any studies that support your beliefs?
Organize your Sleepyhead Charts
Post from Imgur