WHAT IS ALTITUDE SICKNESS? Avoid Altitude sickness and how to prevent it. Reserve Now
Everyone that visits Colorado or other mountain resorts feels the effects of the altitude. Most people notice symptoms of reduced aerobic performance and more fatigue while doing activities, such as walking up a flight of stairs, skiing or mountain biking. One in four people visiting mountains above 7000 feet will experience acute mountain sickness (AMS) with altitude sickness symptoms such as reduced or restless sleep, headaches or other flu-like symptoms.
WHY ARE YOU AFFECTED BY THE ALTITUDE?
At higher elevations, the air is thinner which means there are fewer molecules of everything present, including oxygen. Although the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere is the same (21%), the thinner air means there is less oxygen to breathe. At 8000 feet there is about 24% less oxygen available than when at sea level. To calculate exactly how much less oxygen there is at a given altitude click here . It’s an elegant tool provided by altitude.org.
Because of the thin air, your body has to compensate and what happens is the body creates more red blood cells. It can then absorb more oxygen and transport it to your body. During this period of compensation, you can feel less than optimal as your body is doing a double work-out. You may feel a slight headache or worse. Some people feel the effects more than others.
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
You can reduce the effects of altitude by using our oxygen concentrators. Not all the time, just a few times a day or while you sleep.
The traditional way of reducing the symptoms is to take your time getting into a higher altitude hence giving your body more time to adjust. An example would be spending a night or two at a lower elevation (say Denver) on your way to the mountains. But who wants to spend a day of valuable vacation away from the ski hill when the powder snow is beckoning?
By giving your body more oxygen at altitude with our machines, you are giving your body a break and smoothing the transition from lower elevation to higher elevation. Thus you will sleep better, recover quicker, and feel relief.
When you are using supplemental oxygen, you are creating an artificial lower altitude environment – similar to spending that extra day or two at a lower elevation. It’s not necessary to use the oxygen all the time, just periodically in the comfort of your hotel or while you sleep. You would be amazed at how comfortable and convenient this service is.
HOW CAN YOU ORDER A OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR FOR YOUR VACATION?
With a quick phone call, we can have an oxygen concentrator delivered directly to your hotel room or accommodation for you to use. After making your hotel reservations or booking your ski lessons and rental car, call us to reserve your concentrator. Elevate your mountain vacation in a good way!