Can You Sleep with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

by Justin LaClair June 16, 2023 2 min read

Yes, it is generally safe to sleep with a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) if you require continuous oxygen therapy during sleep. In fact, one of the advantages of portable oxygen concentrators is their ability to provide oxygen therapy while allowing mobility and flexibility, including during sleep.

Here are a few considerations for sleeping with a portable oxygen concentrator:

  • Oxygen Flow: Most patients will need a constant flow POC while sleeping. This is because your breathing is generally too shallow to trigger the oxygen delivery pulse of a Pulse Flow POC. Some Constant Flow machines to look at would be the Respironics Simplygo or SeQual Eclipse 5.
  • Proper Placement: Ensure that the portable oxygen concentrator is placed securely and stably near your bed, within reach. This allows easy access to the oxygen delivery device and prevents any accidental movement or disconnection during sleep.
  • Oxygen Delivery Device: Use the appropriate oxygen delivery device recommended by your healthcare professional for sleeping, such as a nasal cannula or an oxygen mask. These devices should be comfortable and secure to ensure proper oxygen delivery throughout the night.
  • Noise Level: Pay attention to the noise level of the portable oxygen concentrator. Some models produce a low level of noise during operation, which may be tolerable for most individuals. However, if the noise level is bothersome, you may consider using a noise-cancelling device or positioning the concentrator slightly farther away from the bed.
  • Power Source: Ensure that the portable oxygen concentrator has a reliable power source during sleep. Depending on the model, you may need to connect it to an electrical outlet, use a rechargeable battery, or have spare batteries available. Consult the user manual or the manufacturer's instructions for specific guidance on power requirements and duration.
It is important to note that individual circumstances and requirements may vary. It is always advisable to consult with your healthcare professional or the supplier of the portable oxygen concentrator to ensure the appropriate usage, settings, and safety guidelines specific to your condition and the model you are using. They can provide you with personalized recommendations based on your needs and help optimize your sleep while using the portable oxygen concentrator.
Justin LaClair
Justin LaClair

Justin has been working with OxygenPlus since their storefront start in 1993. In 2002 he earned the title of CEO and has been operating OxygenPlus ever since. Most of the time if you call, Justin will answer the phone. He tries to be extremely hands on with most every transaction that takes place. Raised with a very high quality standard, any work must meet his satisfaction before it is approved. He is a classic car enthusiast, loves traveling either for work or pleasure, and is a renewable energy advocate. As of 2015, he saw to it that his personal home, and OxygenPlus Medical run 100% off of solar power.

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