Re: bears and snoring
- Jo T,
Might want to look up Cheyne Stokes Respiration in Wikipedia and other sources online. It can be brought on by altitude. When we were on McKinley, many of us were CSing all night, especially as we moved higher. I didn't experience it on the JMT, however.
Cheyne Stokes is a central sleep apnea, if memory serves. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, then an oral appliance could be effective.
Just knowing what the Cheyne Stokes symptoms are could serve to put you more at ease if it should show up.
Tom Jacobsen DDS
--- In email@example.com, Jo T <jotslibrarylist@...> wrote:
> Are bears liable to be attracted to snoring?=0)
> Okay, I'm only half joking here.
> After talking with my sleep doctor about portable options for my sleep machine (for apnea), it looks like I'm going on my trip sans machine. The root cause of my apnea does not allow for mouth guards or nose strips as an alternative and the timing isn't right for me to get a new machine (they have ones now that supposedly go two days on a solar pack and fit in the palm of your hand!) via my insurance.
> Does anyone else here have experience with apnea on the trail? Did it get worse for you or just stay the same? Also, I've heard that some people develop (temporary) apnea when they are at higher elevation -- so maybe if you don't normally have this issue, but developed it, when did it occur? I mean, did you find it worse above a certain elevation?
> And on the off-chance someone has tried one of the new portable apnea machines with solar packs, did it work for you? Or was it too darn hard to keep charged?
> I know this is kind of a niche question, but thought I'd ask.