Forum · Cpap induced hypothermia?

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[-] truckerdad57 +0 points · almost 3 years ago

When using cpap (or bipap) in cold ambient air conditions (below 40 deg f) have others experienced waking up with Uncontrollable shivering (stage 2 hypothermia)?

The larger than normal quantity of cold air into the airway overwhelming the body's efforts to stay warm. As specially designed pap are used in cold water immersion hypothermia cases for re warming it makes sense to me.

I've had it and it scared the poop out of me. I work with truck drivers who use cpap often in unheated semi truck sleeper berths and regularly get reports of this.

I can't find any research on the topic. The cpap machine manufacturers just refer to the technical specifications for the machine.

Could this be a potential research question?

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[-] MakeSleepAPriority +0 points · almost 3 years ago

Great idea TruckerDad. I'm thinking the outcomes research question would be something like "How does the health of truckers using CPAP without heated humidity in cold sleeping environments differ from those who don't ?" There may be both negative and positive effects. What we need is a lot of truckers in the network to have a large number of people respond to outcomes research surveys. So the immediate question is how can we get lots of truckers signed up? Any ideas? The great thing about MyApnea.org is that it's not just a place to talk. The talk can be turned into real research with real impact for everyone. The larger the number of members completing surveys, the more impact the outcomes have which can result in more diagnostic and treatment changes for sleep apnea and sleep.

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