Author: Herb (---.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net)
Date: 02-01-07 22:06
MJ, Debbie is pretty much correct. It "inflates" your throat and lungs. Without it, the inner part of your throat collapses as you relax and begin to fall asleep. As such, one can not fall asleep because they sense themselves quitting breathing (sorry about the grammar), and therefore never reach REM sleep. Its a relatively common problem and unfortunately the surgical "solutions" have relatively few successful outcomes. You can Google cPAP and you may get surprised.
There are a number of cPAP machines which run off of 12v batteries, which enable folks to have some exposure to out door activities, and they can generally run 2-3 days between charges. Stationary camping such as Flamenco beach or Cinnamon Bay may be perfect settings for this. Another option is to obviously rent a car and run the cPAP on the battery from the rental and then recharge the battery using the car. Just driving it around the island will be sufficient to charge it back up.
BTW, I dont even play a doc on TV ;)