In a natural disaster, the battery life of your CPAP is just as important as the battery life of your cell phone. If you lose power, you need a charged CPAP battery to ensure your sleep apnea therapy goes uninterrupted. Having a battery pack or a travel device is a must-have for any emergency kit.
Why Uninterrupted CPAP Therapy Is Important
A natural disaster would be stressful enough without having to worry about your sleep apnea therapy on top of everything else. If you stop your treatment, you may notice that some symptoms re-emerge, such as feeling extra sleepy during the day, having headaches, being forgetful or irritable, or snoring.
But on top of the aggravation of having symptoms re-emerge while your life is already stressed, you'll be putting your health at risk too. Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, or stroke. Of course, don't be too hard on yourself if you briefly stop treatment during a natural disaster or other particularly stressful life event. But if you planned ahead and have emergency or portable options on hand, then you can continue your treatment right away and buy yourself peace of mind.
Portable Options You'll Want to Consider
There are a number of creative solutions you can utilize to help you continue your treatment even during a natural disaster.
Invest in a portable or travel CPAP machine. Having a smaller CPAP device that you can grab and take with you can make life a lot easier. They offer the same therapy, but can be packed in your emergency go-to bag. You can easily carry your CPAP with you if you have to leave in a natural disaster, even if you need to go to an emergency shelter.
Get a battery pack for your home device. If you don't think you'll need to leave your home, you might want to invest in a battery pack for your home CPAP device. This can give you peace of mind if you lose power at your house.
Invest in a portable power station and a solar panel. If you want to be even more prepared for life off-the-grid, invest in a portable power station. This is basically a larger rechargeable battery that can run inside your home like a mini-generator. It has different outlets for running appliances and often works with portable solar panels. Read reviews closely, as some work better with solar panels than others.
With this setup, you can use portable solar panels to charge your power station, and then you can use the power station to charge your overnight battery pack or your CPAP device. This lets you continue your therapy for days or even longer if there's no power.
As you can see, there's no reason you have to stop your sleep apnea therapy even if there's a natural disaster. By investing in one of these emergency items, you can be ready for a healthy night's sleep even in more stressful times.