Traveling can be a hassle, especially for the CPAP user.
Alaska Sleep Clinic wants to make your on-the-road CPAP experience a breeze. Here are some tips to help you sleep better while traveling with your CPAP.
With the annual Spring Break vacations right around the corner, the staff at the Alaska Sleep Clinic sees an influx of patients coming in asking questions such as “how do I travel when I have sleep apnea?”
One of the most common questions we get asked here at The Alaska Sleep Clinic is "how can I travel with my CPAP machine?" Many of our patients travel frequently to the "lower 48" for vacations and to visit family, and quite a few of our residents have "slope" jobs which require them to be away from home for long periods of time between R&R breaks.
Living with sleep apnea can be difficult enough without all of the extra hassles associated with travel. Many patients find having to use a CPAP machine every night at home challenging enough (at least initially), and the idea of having to travel with their machine almost too much to bear.
It’s summer time. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the call for adventure is getting stronger. You crave to be able to spend more time in the great outdoors with friends and family, or perhaps even a little alone time far from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Spending the night in your car is something that most Alaskan’s probably prefer to pass up. But on occasion it is the cheapest option and sometimes the only option. Weather you’re nodding off at the wheel and need to grab a quick cat nap or on a road trip and want to save money on overnight room and board, your car can be an option if you are prepared.
If you’ve traveled rapidly over several time zones, you’ve likely dealt with jet lag. The official term for jet lag is “desynchronosis,” a condition that results from alterations to the body's circadian rhythms resulting from rapid transmeridian (east–west or west–east) travel on aircraft. That means jet lag is a totally new human experience – it is only as old as traveling by airplane. It can be tough to manage jet leg, but we can help.
The rule of thumb is you should expect a day of recovery for each time zone crossed. Some ways to help you deal with jet lag are: