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Sleep Apnea and Backpacking

Can I still go camping if I sleep with a CPAP machine?

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Question:

I have sleep apnea and sleep with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Do you have any suggestions for a better night’s sleep in the field?

Submitted by – Rick, Dublin, Ohio

Answer:

You might consider packing “The Everest”—a fully battery-powered CPAP machine—when camping. As far as I know, it’s currently available from only one company: AEIOMed. They want a chunk of change for it, though—around $700 last time I checked. If you want to take a closer look, you can find The Everest by typing “battery-powered CPAP machine” into Google. Some people with mild to moderate sleep apnea have gotten relief with various outpatient procedures as well. You might ask your doc about it.

—Buck

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