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.
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.
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.
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.