Portable oxygen concentrators do a lot of great things, and make a lot of great things possible. They will overall improve your quality of life, because when your health is improved, you are able to do so much more with it. One great benefit of using a portable oxygen concentrator is improved sleep.
A good night's sleep is extremely important. Unfortunately, sleep can be made nearly impossible when you can't breathe correctly, or if you don't feel well. It's also not always realistic to be able to sleep at home every night, especially if you want to travel, or just spend the night somewhere else.
When you can get enough air or oxygen into your lungs, the oxygen can be properly distributed throughout your body. With oxygen-rich blood and oxygen getting pumped into all your cells at a higher rate, you will sleep much better, and feel much more energized in the morning. Lack of sleep and lack of oxygen can also cause headaches in the morning, and off and on during the day.
Many people who have had trouble sleeping because of their health, can even feel tired after getting 8 hours of sleep at night. This is because their sleep gets interrupted and they aren't able to drift into the deep levels of sleep. We need a certain amount of deep, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep every night to function properly, and to feel well rested. Their breathing can actually prevent them from going into the deeper levels of sleep.
If you are using oxygen therapy, you will be able to breathe correctly, and breathe enough oxygen into your lungs to get it to the rest of the cells in your body. Your brain needs the most oxygen out of all the other organs in your body, and it controls your levels of sleep. High levels of oxygen in the rest of your body will make you feel invigorated in the morning, and throughout the rest of the day.
Some oxygen therapy patients are prescribed oxygen therapy specifically while they sleep, and some while they use a CPAP or BiPAP machine at the same time, for sleep apnea. For this, they would need to use a special mask used for CPAP or BiPAP machines, and not a nasal cannula. Your doctor will help you figure out which type of mask would be best for you.
Some oxygen concentrators have features that make them the best for use during sleep. Portable oxygen concentrators with a feature that makes sure the oxygen is released to match your breath rate (pulse dose) are ideal, as well as those with long battery durations, if you can't have it plugged in while you sleep.
View our related blog post on How to Have a Better Nights Sleep with Continuous Oxygen Unit.