Did Justice Scalia Die from Sleep Apnea?

U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia’s hotel room the night of his death on Feb. 13 in Texas reflected this obsession with detail. According to a sheriff’s report obtained by The Washington Post this week, he was lying in bed with his arms at his side and his bed covers smooth. Nearby was his suitcase, which was open and full of neatly folded clothes.

Only one thing appeared amiss: a breathing apparatus. The small device, called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, was on the nightstand next to him — but unplugged and not turned on.

The finding has sparked speculation that Scalia may have forgotten to use it that night.

To read the full article in Washington Post,  click here.

“Should I use my CPAP if I am going out for just a night or two?” my patients often ask me.

I usually ask them a rhetoric question, “Do you want to feel good when traveling? Do you want to stay healthy while traveling?” Perhaps, I should ask them, “Do you want to stay alive?”

This is what happens when you don’t use your CPAP. Your brain, your heart, your kidneys, and your body need a minimum of 90% oxygen level. When you stop breathing at night, your oxygen level drops into the 70s. This is what can kill you.

Please wear your CPAP even when traveling. Take it without your humidifier. Buy a light-weight travel CPAP. Do whatever you need to do, but use CPAP even when traveling.