This handy O2 chart extrapolates the effective amount of oxygen to real altitude. At true altitude, the barometric pressure of the atmosphere is significantly lower than that of sea level. The result is that oxygen molecules in the air are further apart, so that the oxygen content is gradually reduced with each breath as one goes higher. The reduction in available oxygen in the air at altitude also reduces oxygen saturation in the blood. This is why people who travel from sea level often feel quite bad in the first week when they arrive at altitude. They may also experience the symptoms of acute altitude sickness (AMS), which can be dangerous. To avoid all this, we recommend that people acclimatise to altitude at home and prepare their bodies for exposure to altitude.
The change in barometric pressure at real altitude is what scientists call 'hypobaric hypoxia'. At Altitude Dream, instead of changing the barometric pressure, we lower the oxygen percentage in the air to simulate altitude, which is called 'normobaric hypoxia'. The latter has been scientifically proven to be very effective in simulating altitude, improving athletic performance and preventing altitude sickness. By regulating the percentage of oxygen in each breath, our clients can acclimatise in a very controlled and strategic manner, allowing them to achieve their goals and dreams.
Below you will find our 'Altitude Chart' which extrapolates oxygen percentages to the actual altitude, which you can use in combination with an altitude training tent. Don't hesitate to contact an Altitude Dream representative if you have any questions about setting the right altitude during your altitude training period.