A 35-year-old member asked:
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altitude (8, 000 ft). what effect will this have on my sleep apnea?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
73 years experience Preventive Medicine
Altitude sickness: The higher you go the rarer the oxygen concentration. Since your brainstem is already compromised you will have difficulty in adapting to the altitude.Altitude or mountain sickness is well known by mountaineers and they know how to adapt. It is, of course dependent on overall physical fitness and sleep apnea indicates that this is poor in you.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Steven Bender
35 years experience Dentistry
Worse: Altitude can temporarily worsen sleep apnea.
Answered on Oct 31, 2012

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