Does irregular breathing pattern at night affect oxygen levels?
No, a pulse-dose POC like the Inogen One is clinically proven to provide the necessary oxygen for most ambulatory patients during all phases of daily activities and during sleep. It will maintain the fixed minute volume irrespective of the breathing rate. When you miss a breath, the Inogen will double or triple your next dose as per the setting to give you the required amount of oxygen.
During periods of sleep, respiratory rates typically decrease. Some pulse dose concentrators actively respond to this changing physiology through use of proprietary technology to increase the bolus size. For example, at 10 breaths per minute, the Inogen One home oxygen systems deliver double the bolus size as when the breathing rate is 20 BPM.
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