Travel Tips for People with Sleep Apnea

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Angelo Consiglio, MD, has experience treating a wide variety of problems affecting the throat and sinus passages. One such condition Dr. Angelo Consiglio treats is sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea, a condition in which a person’s breathing becomes interrupted during the night, can result in poor sleep and raise a person’s risk of suffering a number of medical conditions. For this reason, keeping the condition under control is extremely important. If you have sleep apnea, you should be mindful of controlling the condition not only in your day-to-day life, but also when you travel.

Since sleep apnea can worsen if a person falls asleep when overly tired, frequent travelers with sleep apnea might experience a worsening of symptoms due to the schedule irregularities and long days that often occur when one is on the road. Therefore, do your best to get enough rest while away from home, and avoid activities that can make sleep apnea even worse, such as drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol consumption can make the throat muscles too lax during sleep, a factor that increases the chance of interruptions to normal breathing.

If you use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP0 machine, take extra care with your travel preparations. It is a good idea to pack extension cords, as well as a power-converting device when traveling out of the country. If you are traveling to a remote area, consider packing a portable device you can plug the machine into if an electrical outlet is unavailable.

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