Methods to help you stop snoring come in all shapes and sizes. Soon there may be a new device entering the market that will help you stop snoring using wireless technology.
Consumers spend over $34.4 billion each year on snoring remedies. The list of anti-snoring solutions available include pills, dentures, nasal strips, and sometimes surgery. A new electronic device, named Nora, is currently in development and may make these remedies obsolete.
According to NBC News, the mouse-sized anti-snoring gadget listens for grunting and other related noises using a microphone placed in the room. When the sound of snoring is detected, a padded strip inside the sleeper’s pillow is wirelessly activated and slightly inflates. This small rise elevates the snorer’s head to one side, which is supposed to open up airways just enough to allow the sleeper to stop snoring.
Nora even comes with its own smartphone app to keep track of your snoring and sleeping patterns. The app will store a record of your snoring then generate a report showing how the anti-snoring device helps improve your sleep. Additionally, a doctor can use the recordings to listen for signs of a more serious health problem. It should be noted that the device will function just fine without the app.
Good Reasons To Stop Snoring
Snoring is such a common occurrence that it is often dismissed as an annoyance and ignored. However, snoring can be more than a distracting noise. It can be a sign of a very serious medical condition such as sleep apnea or even diabetes.
Sleep apnea occurs when the flow of air decreases or stops during breathing while sleeping. The condition lowers the oxygen level in the blood, which leads to irrational behavior, dizziness, depression, general body weakness, weight gain, and poor digestion. Additionally, sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
Unfortunately, recent studies have revealed 75 percent of people who snore also have sleep apnea. Most do not even know, since they haven’t sought out a diagnosis.
In a Fox News report, people who suffer from snoring and other disturbed-breathing symptoms also have a higher risk of diabetes. When compared to normal sleepers, people who snore have a 27 percent higher chance of developing diabetes, while sleep apnea patients were two times more likely to get the disease.
However, snoring may be a sign of a less serious condition as well. It can be the result of exhaustion, allergies, sinus infection, alcohol consumption, or even just a bad sleeping position. Some snoring can even be caused by sleep aid pills.
Should someone complain of snoring or difficulty breathing at night, a visit to the doctor may be a good idea before seeking out a drug store remedy to stop snoring. The visit may reveal something as simple as fatigue or a more severe medical condition.
Another reason you should stop snoring is a social one. Sleeping and snoring in public can result in some unexpected consequences.
In a recent Inquisitr report, a snoring passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight was “poked hard in the arm” when another passenger could not put up with the grunting and snorting. Fortunately, the passenger was more startled and surprised than injured. However, it did cause a major flight delay as the Southwest pilot had to turn the plane around and return to the gate.
The Nora anti-snoring device is not yet available but is expected to retail for about $300 once released in May 2016. The device will work with any pillow and in any sleep position.
Snoring is a very common problem and getting good, quality sleep not only affects your partner, but also how well you function while awake. A stop-snoring device like this can be an alternative to someone plagued with a snoring problem or someone who sleeps next to one.
[Disclaimer: The Inquisitr strongly recommends you consult your physician before using any medical device or program. The Inquisitr does not endorse the use of any anti-snoring device, similar device, or technique mentioned in this article.]
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