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Ever been so infuriated by the sound of your partner snoring that you fear you can't be held accountable for your actions? Finally, here's a solution: an alarm that shocks snorers until they roll onto their side.
Basically, the device will give your partner that traditional 'nudge' once they start snoring, so that they move into a healthier position - for both of you.
Created by Sibelmed, the buzzer to not cause any pain - unlike when I viciously elbow my snoring partner, for example.
The mechanism, called Somnibell, serves to alert noisy sleepers to avoid snoring-prone sleeping positions.
According to the company, this is a medical device that can be used to treat both snoring and sleep apnea.
The website claims: "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.
"Many different clinical studies believe positional therapy to be an effective solution for positional OSA, obtaining similar results to CPAP treatment."
As per Sibelme, a 2003 study (they could probably update this, couldn't they?) showed that 35 percent of adults are prone to snoring. Of those, 75 percent snore because they are sleeping in the wrong position.
According to the company: "Snoring not only affects the quality of your sleep, but it also disrupts your partner's rest, causing them insomnia, morning headaches or daytime sleepiness from bad night-time sleep."
This is where the buzzer comes in, then, with its effectiveness confirmed in a pilot study by The Respiratory Medicine Journal.
The study found that Somnibell can reduce symptoms of snoring by a third within the first few days of use.
So what causes snoring? Sibelmed has the answer, of course, with its website explaining: "When we sleep, our neck muscles relax. Sometimes, they relax so much that our nose and throat partially close and become so narrow that they hinder the airflow towards the lungs.
"There are also temporary reasons, such as inflammation of the tonsils or overweight around the neck area, or structural reasons, such as the shape of the neck or the jaw."
The website concludes: "This narrowing of the airways causes a vibration in the throat which is what causes the snoring sound.
"Snoring not only affects the quality of your sleep, but it also disrupts your partner's rest, causing them insomnia, morning headaches or daytime sleepiness from bad night-time sleep."
So there you go.
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