Portable Oxygen Machines for Sleeping

We breathe differently while we sleep. Some of us tend to breathe mainly through our mouths, and most of us breathe deeper when we sleep, while others breathe more shallower. Depending on your individual oxygen needs, your doctor might determine that you need to use oxygen therapy while you sleep.

Most portable oxygen concentrators work fine for those who need the dosage they can provide during sleep. It's important to get the right portable concentrator that will deliver the amount of oxygen you need during sleep, since this might be different from the amount you need while you're awake. Your doctor might determine this by conducting an overnight sleep study to monitor your blood oxygen levels.

From this study and other tests, he or she can determine exactly what setting you need while you sleep, and you can choose your portable oxygen concentrator accordingly. Getting a portable oxygen concentrator for this purpose is necessary for those who do a lot of traveling, whether you only need it at night, or if you use it during the day as well.

Some portable oxygen concentrators have certain features that make them better for overnight use. As long as they meet your prescribed oxygen needs, these would be ideal portable oxygen concentrators to use while sleeping.

The Lifechoice Activox

This amazingly long lasting battery can go for up to 12 hours without being plugged in. If you need to sleep and use your portable oxygen concentrator on a long flight, this one would be perfect. It's also great if you're going camping or on a long car or bus ride. Just make sure your battery is all charged up right before the trip, and you won't need to charge it for 12 hours!

It also has a great sensitivity to changes in your breathing. The exclusive Lifechoice “PULSE-WAVE technology will continue to deliver the same amount of oxygen as quickly as your breath rate fluctuates while you sleep, without you having to change the setting.

The SeQual Equinox

This new product from Sequal, which previously gave us the Eclipse series, features a voice alarm system. It can be set in 8 different languages, and it's very helpful for warning you quickly if something goes wrong, such as low power or low oxygen flow. A voice speaking to you in words to tell you what's going wrong is much easier to understand if you're being woken up, instead of just a beeping noise. It also covers those who need up to 3 LPM (liters per minute) of continuous flow oxygen.

The Inogen One G3

Use the Inogen One G3 with the 16 cell battery for up to 8 hours of battery life – the recommended hours of nightly sleep for most people. Another portable model that is perfect for travelers. It's also an extremely quiet concentrator, only being recorded at 39 decibels, which is no louder than a quiet conversation. That means it won't disturb you when you're asleep, or anyone around you.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

13 thoughts on “Portable Oxygen Machines for Sleeping”

  • Frank Black

    I Use the Inogen One G3 with the 16 cell battery for up to 9 hours of battery life when I sleep during traveling – I plug in a plugin in the wall and it recharges during the night for the next day A portable model that is perfect for travelers. It's also an extremely quiet concentrator, only being recorded at 39 decibels, which is no louder than a quiet conversation. That means it won't disturb you when you're asleep, or anyone around you.

  • Adele

    My mom uses portable oxygen machine
    (New Life)
    After measuring levels stay 94
    But keep dropping to 85
    Why does this happen ?
    Is there a specific time of day to measure levels for accuracy ?

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman May 14, 2018 at 5:48 am

      We recommend taking with your doctor about this. She may not be getting enough oxygen and needs to have her oxygen therapy needs re-evaluated.

  • Helene Lotter
    Helene Lotter May 27, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    I bought a portable oxygen poc4150 easy pulse. Can I sleep with that when on holiday

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman May 30, 2018 at 4:04 am

      This is something that you should discuss with your doctor. Most people can't sleep with a pulse dose machine because they are mouth breathers.

  • jfischer9@cfl.rr.com

    Can I use endogenous one g3 to sleep at night. I am a. Mouth breather.

    • Ed Rodgers

      The G3 is intended to be used as a portable so using to sleep at night isn't what it was designed for. I would discuss with your doctor what the best option for sleeping and your oxygen needs. If you are needing O2 during sleep the home concnetrators are likely a better option. Hope this helps.

  • Deborah

    I am on oxygen at 2L during the day and 2-3 Liters at night connected to my CPAP. I would like a travel concentrator to connect to my cpap at night when we travel. I currently have an inogenone G4 for my daily activities.

  • Rose Pollot

    If you read the Inogen Q&A it says it IS designed for continuous use and can be used at night as it will pick up you breathing even if shallow

    • Scott Ridl

      Thank you for your comment. Inogen does state that their portable, pulse-dose units can be used at night. However, we do not recommend this and would refer you to your doctor. It doesn't work for everyone as some people are "mouth breathers" while sleeping and that wouldn't trigger the 'puff' of oxygen. Also, some users find the noise bothersome while sleeping. Inogen does make the Inogen 5L, which is a continuous flow stationary unit for nighttime use.

  • Sue Pallanta

    My large unit stopped working so I called Inogen. I was told it would take a week to get the new one. I asked what I was supposed to do because I am end stage COPD waiting for a lung transplant. I was told to use my portable until the other one comes. I have been with Inogen over 6 years and night two I will sit up because I am afraid to sleep with pulse oxygen as I have the G-3. I called twice to try to get them to overnight one but to no avail. After reading your comments I felt you should know this.

    • Scott Ridl

      I am so sorry to hear of your troubles with Inogen. We would love the chance to try to help you, since they are unable. Can you give us a call at: 1-877-644-4581? We will do our best to help.


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