High altitude recreation: What to expect at the Top!
By Devon A. Dobrosielski PhD; Angela Humpert BS; and Madelyn Heyman BS
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) and poor sleep are common complaints of travelers to high altitude. In this article, the authors share their unique experiences hiking in the Peruvian Andes, in an effort to bolster awareness of the challenges and physiological responses associated with high altitude recreation.
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After reading this article, the reader will be able to:
- Evaluate the underlying cause, potential symptoms, and possible detrimental effects of acute mountain sickness (AMS) and high-altitude sleep disturbance.
- Analyze the challenges and physiological responses associated with high-altitude recreation.
- Compare the relationship between increased body fat, AMS, and high-altitude slee disturbance.
Key words: Acute Mountain Sickness, Hiking, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Acclimatization, Lake Louise Scale