Sleep Expert Invents Anti-Snore Device That Shocks Your Tongue
We all know someone that snores like a combine harvester, so it's only natural that one day a clever person would invent a device to make the irritating sound virtually a thing of the past.
So it's great news that this latest invention has hit the market that will, wait for it, significantly help people that suffer from snoring.
Professor Anshul Sama, a sleep disorder expert, has created an ingenious little device designed to stop a person from waking up the household by hitting the snorer's tongue with a small electrical current.
The invention in question's called Snoozeal, and has an impressively high success rate of 70 percent based on the trials it has conducted throughout Britain and Germany.
One of the first successes to have emerged, according to the Mirror, was when Louise Fitzpatrick, a London-based landlady of the Tollington Arms near to Arsenal's Emirates stadium, who needed to find a solution to her bellowing snores.
"It really became a problem," Louise, 50, said. She and her partner, Martin, had endured her bedtime disturbances for a decade and, despite using mouth guards and a long list of other snore prevention techniques, nothing seemed to have any positive effect.
"Not only was it disturbing Martin, but the snoring was waking me up and leaving me tired," she confessed.
After consulting ear, nose, and throat specialists, the drastic decision was made to remove tissue from the back of her throat in the hope of resuming normality. And it just so happened that while she was waiting for the operation, her surgeon suggested being part of the Snoozeal trial programme at the University College London Hospital.
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'But how does it work?' your're wondering. Well, a small, crab pincer-like device is inserted into the mouth. It's flexible enough to sit in the base of a mouth and needs to stay there for 20 minutes at a time (at any part of the day), for a total of six weeks while NOT sleeping.
A current is then passed to the device, via the app on your phone (because of course there's an app!) which sends a small current to the areas of the tongue to tighten its floppier muscles towards the back of the throat, which is what causes a lot of snoring cases in the first place.
And Louise noticed almost instant results, after starting the at-home treatment: "I was resigned to surgery but within a couple of weeks on the Snoozeal trial I started to notice a change.
"And by the end of the six weeks I was hardly snoring at all.
"I was amazed. I'm now less tired and I no longer get complaints from Martin."
The app also records users' sleep patterns and how they can improve it, as Professor Sama explains the product's ease of use: "Many devices on offer do not work and are unpopular because they have to be worn at night.
"Even surgery doesn't always work and increasingly it is being rationed or even banned by the NHS to save money."
While he admits there's nothing out there that can 100 percent guarantee to banish a person's snores, he does however believe this method is the more effective and convenient so far, as the 'aim was to develop something that could be used for a short period of time once during the day'.
So next time you're contemplating putting a pillow over the face of your housemate or loved one, remember there are better ways.
Featured Image Credit: Snoozeal