Oxygen Therapy During Sleep

If you have a COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), there is a good chance that you will need to receive oxygen therapy as part of your treatment plan. Your doctor will prescribe you an oxygen prescription, which will allow you to contact Oxygen Solutions for the likes of a home oxygen concentrator, a portal oxygen concentrator and other oxygen accessories you may require as part of your treatment. The oxygen prescription will also state whether oxygen is needed during activity, rest and/or sleep.

The reason for this is that your body requires a certain level of oxygen to maintain blood saturation in order for the cells and tissues to function at their proper capacity. Therefore, oxygen levels need to be in constant supply. Usually, if the oxygen saturation is less than 89%, that is when supplemented oxygen comes into play and your doctor may prescribe you an oxygen prescription to receive oxygen therapy adequately.

The frequency of use and how oxygen should be administered will also be included in the prescription with oxygen flow rate/setting information in LPM (litre per minute) to ensure that your saturations are maintained above 90%. Also, it will denote when you are required to receive oxygen therapy (activity, rest, sleep), and also the best suited oxygen solution for you.

When it comes to receiving oxygen therapy during sleep, patients need to understand that everyone’s blood oxygen levels drop as well certain alveoli also are not utilised due to the reduced or relaxed breathing levels. If you are to receive therapy to maintain oxygen saturation over 94% during waking hours, you are most unlikely to have it drop below 89% while asleep. However, it’s a good idea to get an overnight pulse oximetry test to be safe.

Nocturnal Oxygen Therapy is the term for oxygen therapy during sleep for patients who have developed arterial oxygen difficulties while sleeping and needed for those who have oxygen desaturation during sleep. Some patients who suffer from sleep disorders also receive oxygen therapy including Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome.

The use of a home oxygen concentrator or a portable oxygen concentrator is ideal when your doctor prescribes you oxygen therapy during the night. The likes of an Inogen One G3 portable oxygen concentrator is an ideal choice due to its Intelligent Delivery technology, which adjusts itself based on the current breathing rate. This is done by detecting the fewer breaths taken per minute. Accordingly, the Inogen One G3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator will adapt the bolus size of oxygen in order for you to receive the necessary amount of oxygen per minute. The special Sleep Mode technology is also beneficial. It can automatically shift to sleep mode as you doze off. The oxygen solution has an extremely sensitive breath detection trigger that allows it to detect the shallow breaths more accurately. If you are a COPD patient and/or suffer from sleep disorders, the Inogen One G3 will definitely allow you to sleep better without worry, especially since it’s equipped with a backup battery too.