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Smart Snore Detecting Devices - Patents & Perspectives

Snoring, a form of tensed breathing, interferes with quality and quantity of sleep, both for the person who snores and for the person who sleeps with the snorer. Disordered sleep caused by snoring can create significant physical, mental, and economic problems.

Humans have been trying to withhold snoring for literally thousands of years, and we have focused on developing straps, pillows, and prods that make it difficult for snorers to sleep on their backs; nose plugs or nasal strips to widen our nasal airways, or in the case of plugs provide EPAP (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure); and chin straps or mouth inserts to change the position of our jaws, or even move our tongues forward.

It’s important to get to the reason behind the snoring to make sure it’s not a medical condition, such as Sleep Apnea. People whose snoring is caused by severe sleep apnea have a 40% greater chance of dying early than their peers and there are severe conditions that are generally found in people with this disease -

  • Stroke (intensity of snoring was related to the risk of carotid atherosclerosis, narrowing of the arteries in the neck due to fatty deposits called plaque — and as a result, stroke)

  • Heart Disease

  • Arrhythmias (people with sleep apnea are more likely to have episodes of atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, than people without it or people whose apnea is treated with CPAP. Apnea may affect the conductive system of the heart)

  • GERD (People who have sleep apnea also may have GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) because of the disordered way in which their throat closes while air moves in and out during sleep, causing pressure changes that can suck the contents of their stomach back up into the esophagus)

  • Nocturia (men over the age of 55 who wake up often to urinate may have both benign prostate enlargement and obstructive sleep apnea),

  • Fetal Complications

  • Excess weight gain

Smart Snore Detecting Devices