A vibrating battery-powered gadget called Somnibel helps one tackle issues like sleep apnea and snoring.
Tired of having your sleep disturbed by a loud snoring partner? Well, here's an innovative buzzing device that could be a brilliant solution to your problem. Meet Somnibel, a small gadget, which helps one tackle issues like sleep apnea and snoring. Essentially, the device works as an alarm clock that notifies you every time you're snoring or about to snore. When placed on one's forehead, the plaster-sized gadget sticks to the area and keeps buzzing when you roll onto your back. It continues until the position is shifted that in a way helps you from getting painfully smacked right in the face by your spouse.
The main concept behind this battery-powered device is to avoid any sort of blockage in the airway which gives rise to the annoying sound of snoring. People suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) face this issue when the soft tissue in the throat relaxes and collapses continuously while sleeping. This partly obstructs the airway causing loud snoring noises and pauses in breathing (apnoeas) according to a report by Daily Mail. If the airflow is blocked for more than 10 seconds, it disturbs one's sleep and causes tiredness during the day. According to reports, if OSA goes untreated for a prolonged amount of time, it could pose huge health threats, including strokes and heart diseases.
After making certain observations, experts have found that in 60 percent of such cases the symptoms of the above-mentioned conditions tend to increase when the patient is sleeping on their backs. Thankfully, this new gadget helps one change their position quickly by sending vibrations whenever they assume that position. According to reports, using the forehead gadget reduced snoring by one third within days of using it. The informative website of the product also provides a few tests for those who are unsure of the symptoms they have been suffering from.
Providing a long list of symptoms that often occurs due to this condition, the website helps you understand your illness better. Developed by scientists at the Araba University in Spain, the product aims at alerting people whenever they are sleeping on their backs. The website states it "reduces the incidence of sleep apnoea and/or positional snoring." Further adding, "It consists of a small and light device attached to the forehead that applies a soft vibration while the patient sleeps supine (on their back) to induce him to change position, thus reducing the incidence of sleep breathing events, whether apnoeas or positional snoring."
The product also claims to improve one's blood pressure and life quality by improving one's sleep cycle. Although the product is not available yet, you can find out the details by contacting the team who ran a trial involving 12 volunteers. In the first week itself, there was a 31 percent drop in the rates of apnoeas for those who used the device. Speaking to Daily Mail, Professor Jaydip Ray, an ENT consultant at Sheffield University said, "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."