THE BENEFITS OF A PORTABLE OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR
Charles R. Swindoll once said that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. Thatâ€™s true when it comes to living with a lung disease that requires using supplemental oxygen. There are things you can do to make coping with the disease easier. Oxygen provides many benefits, and now with portable oxygen concentrators, you can breathe easier while maintaining your freedom and independence.
Supplemental oxygen, worn at least 15 hours a day , increases survival in some patients. And todayâ€™s portable oxygen technology allows you to utilize portable oxygen therapy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anytime, anywhere.
Improves Exercise ToleranceÂ
Studies show that using supplemental oxygen during exercise allows you to exercise longer, at a higher intensity, which means youâ€™ll reap greater rewards for all your efforts.
Improves Mental Alertness
Are you in a mental fog? When youâ€™re not getting enough oxygen, every organ of your body is affected, including your brain. Confusion is the first sign that people with lung disease may not be getting enough oxygen.  Using supplemental oxygen keeps your brain, and all your other vital organs, healthy.
A Better Nightâ€™s Sleep
Oxygen saturation levels tend to drop during sleep, even in people with healthy lungs. When you have COPD or another chronic lung disease,Â transient nocturnal desaturationÂ may interfere with a restful nightâ€™s sleep and lead to some pretty significant health problems.  If your sleep patterns are frequently disrupted, talk to your doctor about having an overnight oximetry test. You may benefit from supplemental oxygen during sleep, which will help you get the rest you need.
Studies show that oxygen therapy is associated with an improvement in cognition, performanceÂ andÂ moodâ€”and can even boost your self-esteem. 
If you have little energy to get through the day, it may be because your oxygen levels are low.  Oxygen therapy gives you the stamina you need to carry out normal, everyday functions such as getting dressed, cleaning house, preparing a meal and taking the dog for a walk.
The Inogen One: Your Ultimate Freedom Machine
Not only does using the Inogen One portable oxygen concentrator provide you with a wealth of important health benefits, but it also allows you the freedom to maintain an active social life.Â Because itâ€™s so lightweight, youâ€™ll hardly know itâ€™s there as you visit a museum, stroll along the beach or dine with friends at your favorite restaurant. Take advantage of your independence with the Inogen One, your ultimate freedom machine. If you’d like to learn more about the Inogen One,Â read our portable oxygen concentrator reviews.
Travel Where You Want, When You Want
POCs can be carried just about anywhere. Where exactly you can bring them depends largely on the individual concentrator and regulations.
They are small enough to fit behind the driverâ€™s seat or passengerâ€™s seat. Most of them have car chargers (either included or sold separately), so battery life is not an issue in car travel since the battery can be charged throughout the trip.
They can be brought on short train rides with ease with a backpack or shoulder bag. For longer train trips that take multiple hours, it is important to notify the train company beforehand so they can give you important information about their rules and where to receive a charge. However, most portable oxygen concentrators will not be allowed if they will rely solely on electricity provided by the train, so it is important to have a strong battery.
They can be brought on small boats, but it is important to find a power source to charge the battery, or make the trip short enough where there will be plenty of battery left when it is over. In addition, the oxygen concentrator should never be put in a situation where it could get wet.
As for cruise travel, any portable oxygen concentrator should be fine to bring onboard, as the ship will have amenities and electrical outlets. It is still important to notify the cruise company ahead of time, however.
Air travel is naturally the most strict when it comes to what you can and cannot bring onboard. It is important to research whether or not a POC is approved by the FAA. A seat with a power port may be requested by contacting the airline, but use will always vary based on availability.
If approved, most POCs are small enough to rest on oneâ€™s lap or on the floor of an airplane.
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