I usually don’t post about medical treatments and advances here, but as I was reading this post on Mary Mihaly’s Healthy Outlook blog, it occurred to me that Provent might just be a great travel solution for people with sleep apnea.
Although it’s certainly possible to travel with a CPAP machine, it’s just another thing to have to deal with, so wouldn’t it be great if this new treatment really works?
According to the Mary’s post, patients who used Provent in 2009 and 2009 studies at Stanford University felt less sleepy during the day – a good sign that they were getting adequate oxygen during the night.
The thing that I really like about Provent is its size, portability and ease of use. You just apply the disposable Provent discs to the outside of your nostrils before going to bed. Then, during the night as you breathe out, a small one-way valve in the discs creates a back pressure that helps keep the airway open.
Granted they’re not cheap – a one-month prescription will se you back $120 — but if you just use them for travel, it might be doable.
And you wouldn’t have to worry about taking the CPAP with you. I’m thinking this would be especially good for foreign travel, as you won’t have to mess with converters and adapters. And they’d be perfect for camping trips!
Of course, doctors caution that Provent isn’t for everybody, but it doesn’t hurt to ask about it. For more information about Provent, including a video showing how simple it is to use, visit the Provent site.