Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Vacations – The CPAP Can Come Too

CPAP home air compressor machines used to be quite cumbersome and noisy pieces of equipment that the user and anyone else sharing the bed would have to listen to. As with most things technology has caught up and CPAP machines are now much smaller and, perhaps more importantly, much quieter. So sufferers of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (or those with milder obstructive sleep apnea for whom other treatments have not worked) can benefit from less disruption and more portability from these newer CPAP machines. Lumin vs Soclean

Many people suffering obstructive sleep apnea find the associated lifestyle changes challenging but worthwhile. Part of the difficulty comes from a fear of being confined to their own bedroom for sleep and the associated loss of independence from having to rely on a CPAP machine to breathe. However, some of these concerns can be addressed by explaining to CPAP users that they can take their machine pretty much anywhere, or at least anywhere that has a power supply. Some machines can be used with a battery when a mains socket is not available, like on a plane for example. When planning your vacation, be sure to consider whether you need a power converter and adapter to suit the country you are visiting. Check with the machine manufacturer if at all unclear. Some people take a set of spare fuses but this is not necessary with all machines, so again, check with the manufacturer or your sleep lab technician. An extension power cord is also a good idea, as you cannot rely on a suitable socket location at your destination.

If you are going on a plane, make sure you take your machine as hand luggage as it is less likely to break and you’ll know exactly where it is. Many suppliers now provide travel bags. Ask your family doctor or specialist for a covering letter briefly explaining what the CPAP machine is and why you need it. This can be shown to security staff at airports.