A new battery-powered buzzer could be the solution to all your snoring problems.
Many people will try everything possible to stop their snoring habits, as well as their partners, who occasionally find themselves relegated to the couch to get a good night’s sleep.
Thankfully, a team of scientists in Spain has invented a smart device, Somnibel. It might help curb the annoying snoring habit.
According to the inventors, the new device will help those suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), and it’ll reduce snoring by a third within days. All you need to do is to stick the gadget on your partner’s forehead.
This is absolutely great news for those irritated and tired of the decidedly unmusical sound coming from their partner’s nasal cavities every night.
The OSA condition causes loud snoring. It is caused by repeatedly relaxing and collapsing the soft tissue, blocking the airways.
If untreated, OSA can trigger severe health problems such as stroke and heart diseases. In many instances, it’s aggravated when a person sleeps on their backs.
Developed by scientists at Araba University, Spain, the device aims to alert a person whenever they roll onto their back. It continues to vibrate until the person shifts to their side.
At this point, the buzzer deactivates and stops vibrating, hopefully allowing you and your “snoring partner” a restful sleep.
Although the device isn’t available to buy just yet, the company that makes it, Sibelmed, announced that the device would be on sale soon.
The company website states:
“It is a Medical product that consists of a small piece of equipment weighing 17 g that sticks to the forehead using a single-use hypoallergenic adhesive.”
“The device lightly vibrates when the patient sleeps in the supine position to induce him to change body position, reducing the occurrence of respiratory events while sleeping, whether as a result of positional apnea and snoring.”
“It consists of a small, light device that is attached to the forehead and vibrates gently whenever your patient is sleeping in a supine position, encouraging him to change position.”
The collaborating team conducted a test at Araba University, a study that involved 12 participants.
The study revealed that using Somnibel led to a 31 percent decrease in apnoea during the first week. The volunteers also said they liked the smart devices as it was lightweight and effortless to use.
Professor Jaydip Ray, an ear, nose and throat consultant at Sheffield University, told the Daily Mail:
“Simple snoring is a common social and medical problem that adversely affects many people.”
“Easy to use, unobtrusive wearable devices using miniaturized accelerometers are a welcome solution for many of them. This initial study is encouraging.”
The news outlet added that further studies on snoring problems had been planned.
According to research, apart from the Somnibel device, there are other lifestyle changes you can adapt if you’re suffering from apnoea, for instance, losing weight if you’re overweight and sleeping on your side.
Other changes that can help reduce snoring include reducing alcohol intake and avoiding smoking. Also, wearing a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask at night for sleep apnea can help curb the habit.