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More oxygen

Introduction

During sleep, I don't rest very well. It depends on the pressure that my neck vertebra put on my nek. When my neck problems increase, I notice that my breathing is less during sleeping.
By lying on my prone bed for 1 to 2 hours a day, I am less fatigued. That helps more than anything else that I write about below. The position of my neck vertebrae is the most important.

In 1992 I had ozone therapy at doctor T4. (in dutch). Then I rested almost normally during sleep, and because of that I felt a lot better during the day.
I rarely dream (that I know of), perhaps only three times a year. Usually it is after visition a doctor of osteopathy, after which I have less pressure on my neck.
With my tilted bed I had less pressure on my neck for years, but in 2011 I began to suffer from increasing pressure on my neck, and I got more fatigued.
In 2011 I was therefore forced to try to do something about it.
Sometimes I had to use a neck collar, to be able to sleep (see: neck collar with memory foam).
Below is what I tried to get more oxygen during sleep.


Nose plaster

A nose plaster is placed on the nose. Thereby keeping the nostrils a little more open. It did not work very well for me, and they wouldn't stick on my nose a whole night.

Nostrils opening aid

I tried a few aid devices which keeps my nostrils open during sleeping. They are meant to reduce snoring, but also increases the airflow through the nose because the nostrils are a little more opened.
If the airflow through my nose would increase, perhaps my sleep would be better and perhaps the change that a migraine occurs is less.
It did indeed help some.

breathright nasal breathe aid
Brand en type: SleepRight Nasal Breathe Aid
These are also available in larger size. They did help.

nozovent
Brand: Nozovent©
An anti snore aid called "NasiVent" was for me only just large enough, but it did work some.

nasivent
Brand: NasiVent©
An anti snore aid called "NasiVent" was large enough for me, because there were four different sizes in the package. It worked well. Because it is a solid tube, it presses against the nose hairs. It is adviced not to trim the nose hairs because else it could infect.

nasanita nose butterfly
Brand en type: Nasanita&tm; Nose Butterfly
It is difficult to place it in my nose and it jumps easily from the nose. It does also not work very well.

snorepin
Brand: SnorepinTM
An anti snore aid called "Snorepin" was for me too small. Because of that, the benefit of more air is eliminated by the Snorepin itself.

airmax nostril spreader
Brand: airmax ®
This one is too small for me. It is supposed to keep the nostrils more open, but it doesn't do that with me.

clipair nostril opening aid
Merk: ClipAir ®
This one does not keep the nostrils more open. It blocks a part of the air flow, so it is counterproductive.

Nasal spray

nasal spray
This nasal spray with Xylometazoline works by constricting the bloodvessels in the nasal mucosa.
I suspect that a thickened nasal mucosa is caused by my tilted bed. The nasal spray seemed to help, but the side effect (if it is used a long time) is the opposite, it could thicken the nasal mucosa.

Canned oxygen

canned oxygen
This can contains 6 liters pure oxygen. I didn't notice anything at all.


Oxygen concentrator

A "oxygen concentrator" or "oxygen generator" supplies oxygen at a higher concentration than normal air. Normal air contains about 20% oxygen, and such a device delivers 90% oxygen. Some are adjustable from 40% to 90%.
An oxygen concentrator pushes air at a high pressure through a filter that only oxygen is able to pass through.
I would like to try such a device, to see if I would benefit from it. Normally these machines can be rented and the health insurance will pay for it. But then I had to go to my general practitioner (in Dutch), and the chance that I could have a seriously conversation with him is not that big. So I bought such a device myself:
oxygen concentrator
Brand and type: JOIE/JYT-2
I bought this unit in 2011 for 336 euros. It is a simple device, and not really suitable to be used throughout the night. It is also quite noisy. It was afterwards not a good buy.

It is hard to say whether it does help.
I used it a few weeks throughout the entire night.
But I still could not say if it helps against fatigue. So the only conclusion (for now) is that is does not help against fatigue.
Maybe that makes sense, because there is nothing wrong with my lungs.
According to some people the device could suppress a starting migraine, but for me it did not.
If I use it during the night, I wake up often at the same time. So apparently it does do something, causing my biological clock to work better.

Last change to this page: August 2013