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​Battery-Powered Buzzer That You Sticks To Your Forehead Could Help Stop Snoring

Jess Hardiman

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​Battery-Powered Buzzer That You Sticks To Your Forehead Could Help Stop Snoring

Many people will go to great lengths to stop their snoring - as will their long-suffering partners, who regularly find themselves relegated to the sofa just to get a good night's sleep.

Well, there may be hope in the form of a new battery-powered buzzer, which you can stick to your other half's head.

Sure, it's not exactly the most dignified of bedtime accessories, but needs must - right?

Scientists in Spain found that a small, plaster-sized device called Somnibel helped curb snoring in one in three snorers, the Daily Mail reports.

The device was developed by scientists at Araba University Hospital in Spain, and aims to help people suffering with obstructive sleep apnoea - a condition that the NHS defines as 'when your breathing stops and starts while you sleep'.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The buzzer apparently alerts people when they are sleeping on their backs, sending out vibrations via the forehead whenever the person rolls over in the night.

While the product isn't available to buy just yet, according to the company that makes it, Sibelmed, it will be on sale soon.

The website states: "Somnibel is a Class IIa medical device that works for sleep apnoea and snoring treatment.

"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."

Credit: Sibelmed
Credit: Sibelmed

A trial was run by a team at Araba University, which involved 12 volunteers.

They found that using the Somnibel led to a 31 percent drop in apnoeas during the first week, and patients also said they liked the fact the device was both lightweight and easy 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 miniaturised accelerometers are a welcome solution for many of them. This initial study is encouraging."

According to the newspaper, further studies are planned.

The NHS advises there are also lifestyle changes you can try if you suffer from sleep apnoea, including losing weight if you're overweight and sleeping on your side.

It also warns not to smoke, drink too much alcohol or take sleeping pills unless recommended by a doctor.

Featured Image Credit: Sibelmed

Topics: News, Technology

Jess Hardiman
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