Rocky Mountain High?: It’s Altitude Sickness

If you’ve ever stayed for more than a few hours at 9,000 feet of elevation or more, you’ve probably gotten light headed, dizzy or generally nauseous. It’s called High Altitude Sickness. Other symptons include trouble sleeping, unusual tiredness, a racing heart, and/or a cough.

I got a touch of this the first night here in Breckenridge, Colorado, elevation 9,600 feet. After a few Advil, drinking gallons of water, and more than the usual amount of sleep, I felt back to normal.

Other tips, as offered by the Breckenridge Medical Center:
• Reduce the consumption of alcohol, caffeine or salty foods;
• Drink 3 to 4 times more water than usual;
• Get plenty of rest before and during your stay;
• Take it easier because your heart is working harder at this altitude;
• Wear sunscreen because you’re much closer to the sun and the air is thinner;
• Wear sunglasses with UV protection even on cloudy days;
• Eat foods higher in carbs; and
• In winter, keep warm and dry. Be sure clothes are not too tight. Layering is best.

Posted by Gil Zeimer on August 15, 2006 in Travel

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