A Wireless Device to Stop Snoring
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Monday, December 21, 2015 09:05 AM

Hundreds of millions suffer from snoring and countless millions more won't even admit they do it. Snoring is the sound that occurs when the airway is partially obstructed. It's an indicator of poor sleep.  "Often a very small movement or a very gentle push will stop the snoring. 

A startup technology company say they have developed a wireless solution to keep the annoying and often loud noise in check.  A solution to automate the nudging process has been developed, a device dubbed Nora. Its job is to listen for snores and give a nudge.

Nora is actually listening for volumes of snoring that are below the sensitivity of their partner. So just before snoring is getting loud enough to wake them up, Nora does the gently push or the gentle movement of the pillow and that, in turn, reduces the volume of snoring then both partners can actually have continuous sleep,” the developer claims.

A bedside monitor listens for snores. When the snores get loud enough, the monitor wirelessly activates a mini pump that slowly inflates a mat that is placed underneath the pillow. This, in turn, shifts the pillow just enough to stimulate the airway muscles and quiet down the snoring. All this happens without waking up the snorer or his or her partner.

The team have been testing their prototype over the past couple of months. Nora works well as evidenced by the fact that their test subjects very often refuse to return the prototype after the test is complete.

According to the U.S. CDC, snoring or severe sleep apnea is an indicator and in some cases leads to increased risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, depression and diabetes.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/SleepDisorders/54461