Using a Portable Oxygen Concentrators While Sleeping

Depending on your individual oxygen therapy needs, your doctor may determine that you need to use oxygen therapy while you are sleeping. It might be necessary for you to receive oxygen therapy 24/7, or just during the night, because you might have a hard time bringing in enough oxygen on your own while you are sleeping. A different dosage setting might even be needed while you are sleeping, as opposed to the setting you use while you are awake.

Your doctor might do an overnight sleep study to monitor your blood oxygen levels during the night, when you wake up in the morning, and compare them to your blood oxygen levels while you are awake. He or she will prescribe night time use and specify on a dosage setting specific to your individual needs.

Some portable oxygen concentrators are better for use during sleep than others, even though all of them can be used during sleep and sufficiently meet your oxygen needs, as long as they are on the right dosage setting. We have some models that have better features for use during sleep.

The SeQual Equinox

This newly released portable oxygen concentrator has a unique feature that none of the others have. If something goes wrong, such as a low flow amount, or loss of power or other issue, it will give you an audible speech alarm to tell you what's going on, as soon as it happens.

This is a great feature to have if you are using it while you sleep, because a simple beep might not wake you up, and a blinking light definitely won't wake you up to let you know something is wrong. A voice speaking to you in your own language, verbalizing what it is warning you about, is much more likely to wake you up if something goes awry. It's also great that you can set the voice alarms in 8 different languages.

The Lifechoice Activox

The long internal battery life on the Activox is one of the things that makes it great for overnight use. The internal battery can last as long as 12 hours by itself if it isn't plugged in, so you can go camping and use it while you sleep, without worrying about a power source. Great for use during long road trips, as well, because you can charge it in the car while it's running and go off of the battery while you sleep.

It also has the great feature that automatically adjusts the oxygen delivery to your breath rate. This is perfect for patients whose breath rate changes dramatically during sleep. You won't even need to change the setting. It features the trademarked by Lifechoice “PULSE-WAVE technology that oxygen non-stop as long as you are taking a breath. Very sensitive to changes in air pressure while you breathe.

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.

4 thoughts on “Using a Portable Oxygen Concentrators While Sleeping”

  • Virginia Pottsmith
    Virginia Pottsmith February 1, 2018 at 5:02 am

    I use the portable Activox wen going out on errands, etc. but am wondering I could use it overnight when away from home lessening carting the stationary Oxygen one instead.

    • Danielle Jason

      Great question, Virginia! That is certainly an option depending on your medical requirements; mainly your flow setting requirement. What flow setting are your currently prescribed? We always suggest contacting your doctor, as they will have the insight into your past and present medical history and needs.

  • Kathleen Cormier
    Kathleen Cormier November 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    I am looking for a portable oxygen concentrator that I can bring on a cruise ship for 7 days to be used in conjunction with a cpap. I use 5 L at night only.

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman November 26, 2018 at 9:32 am

      I have passed along your information to one of our oxygen specialists who can best assist you by talking to you about your oxygen needs, your lifestyle and what you would like to spend. If you like you may also reach out to us at 888-360-9829 or if you prefer email [email protected] We look forward to helping you with your oxygen needs.


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