Prevent Altitude Sickness
One of the best ways to prevent altitude sickness is to increase your elevation gradually over a few days. For many travelers on a timeline or traveling by air this can be a challenge. Other suggestions for preventing altitude or elevation sickness include:
- Drinks plenty of fluids frequently to prevent dehydration (3-4 quarts per day)
- Limit physical activity your first few days of altitude exposure.
- Eat small portions of carbohydrates frequently.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills. These depressants further decrease the respiratory drive during sleep resulting in a worsening of the symptoms.
- If you are skiing you may want to spend more time mid-mountain to allow your body more time to acclimatize
- Respiratory depression (the slowing down of breathing) can be caused by various medications, and may be a problem at altitude. Avoid sleeping pills and narcotic pain medications