The air we breathe contains about 21% oxygen. For people with healthy lungs, this is generally sufficient. But for people with COPD and other chronic health conditions, it's sometimes not enough.
Studies suggest that there are a number of barriers to using supplemental oxygen for some patients. Whether it be people are self-conscious about using it or they don't understand its perceived benefit, reasons for non-adherence to oxygen therapy are many. If you, or someone you know, find it challenging to use oxygen as prescribed, take a look at the many benefits of oxygen therapy and you may just change your mind.
In addition to helping prevent heart failure in people with severe lung diseases, such as COPD, supplemental oxygen has many benefits. Some studies have shown an increase in survival rates in patients who use oxygen more than 15 hours a day. According to the American Lung Association, supplemental oxygen improves sleep, mood, mental alertness, stamina, and allows individuals to carry out normal, everyday functions.