Altitude Sickness Tips
Altitude Sickness Prevention Tips
Ascend gradually to higher altitudes. Sleeping at a lower altitude the first night will
allow the body to begin the acclimatization process. If you can not gradually ascend because you are flying
directly to your altitude destination and you will be sleeping at an elevation of 8000 feet or above keep the
following tips in mind
Keep hydrated. For most people about an additional 48 ounces of water is sufficient. Avoid alcohol and tobacco or
other sedatives including, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills for the first 48 hours. These
depressants further decrease the respiratory drive during sleep resulting in a worsening of the symptoms.
At high altitude take it easy. Limit physical exertion the first day. Physical fitness offers no protection from
altitude illness. Everyone is susceptible. However, if you have had altitude sickness once, you are likely to have
Eat a high carbohydrate low fat diet.
Use the AMP while sleeping.
Take medication. Although drugs have various side effects, they can be effective and can be used in combination
with the AMP to accelerate the acclimatization process. Some oxygen canisters provide temporary relief.
Warning: Get medical help if the conditions worsen. People with heart disease or
respiratory problems are advised not to attempt trekking in high elevations; people traveling to high altitudes who
take medication for hypertension should consult with their doctor about increasing dosages.