New battery-powered buzzer could be the secret to stopping your partner’s snoring – The Sun

A NEW battery-powered buzzer could be the answer to your (sleeping) prayers.

The device that you can stick to your partner's forehead could stop their snoring once and for all.

So say a team of scientists in Spain.

They found the plaster-sized device, known as Somnibel, helps curb the annoying habit in one in three snorers, according to the Mail.

It's designed to help people suffering obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) – a serious disorder that happens when a person stops and starts breathing in their sleep.

The condition, which causes loud snoring and affects around two million people in the UK, is caused by the soft tissue in the throat relaxing and collapsing repeatedly, blocking the airways.

Untreated OSA can increase a person's risk of heart disease and stroke.

In many cases the condition is aggravated by people sleeping on their backs.

Which is where the Somnibel comes in. The device, developed by scientists at Araba University in Spain, aims to alert people when they are sleeping on their backs.

Worn on the forehead, it sends out vibrations as soon as the wearer rolls on to their back in the night.

It continues to buzz until they shift and roll back on to their side.

The company behind Somnibel, Sibelmed, state on their website that the device "reduces the incidence of sleep apnoea and/or positional snoring".

It adds: "It consists of a small and light device attached to the forehead that applies a soft vibration while the patient sleeps supine (on their back) to induce him to change position, thus reducing the incidence of sleep breathing events, whether apnoeas or positional snoring."

The device helps improve the quality of sleep and reduces daytime sleepiness, as well as improving blood pressure and life quality.

A trial run by the team at Araba University, involving 12 volunteers, found using the device led to a 31 per  cent drop in apnoeas in the first week.

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."

The study's findings are published in the journal Respiratory Medicine.

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