Sleep Apnea Test? There’s an App for That

Obstructive sleep apnea is certainly something that has the potential to be dangerous. This particular sleep disorder is known to obstruct (get it?) the airways in a person while they’re sleeping. This means that the person who is suffering from this disorder will actually stop breathing several times during the night. It can be scary to think about and not everyone is aware they have it. Maybe you sleep alone and there is no one to catch the sounds you’re making. Maybe you sleep with a heavy sleeper who wouldn’t notice if an earthquake happened. Whatever the reason, it’s important to take that step forward into investigating when you don’t get a good night’s sleep more than once a week.

The great news is that there’s an app for that (frankly, there are also some pretty excellent devices, as you probably will note in this SnoreRX review). Really, there is an app that was developed that will measure the sounds you make while you sleep to see if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea:

With new technologies been invented for early diagnosis and treatment of various disorders, the Ben-Gurion University, Israel has come up with an innovative smartphone-based system for assessing a patients’ obstructive sleep apnea and sleep–wake activity, a study of how sleepy one feels. The technique of assessing the activity is cheap and easy to use and can possibly serve as an alternative over the traditional polysomnography in few studies.

The patient is not required to be connected to any sort of sensors to assess the activity. Instead, it performs on a program that can be downloaded on the smartphone to examine sleep and speech sounds. The microphone of the smartphone is used by the software to hear the sounds a sleeping person generates. The recorded sounds are processed and classified to determine specific events such as coughing, wheezing, or snoring.

To evaluate the accuracy of the software, the research team performed an analysis which included 350 volunteers. It was found that the smartphone-based system was able to accurately verify the sleeping events and assess the sleep–wake activity and obstructive sleep apnea in the subjects.

Professor Tarasiuk and Dr. Zigel said, “We have built a contact-free speech signal analysis that can aid in early diagnosis of sleep disorders and obstructive sleep apnea.”

Via: http://greaterpatchoguedaily.com/smartphone-app-analyzes-obstructive-sleep-apnea/12098

It’s great to see new technology being developed to help people. Not everyone has the time or money to invest in visiting a sleep clinic or even bringing up this potential issue with a doctor. Being able to test it out in your own home gives you that freedom to be more comfortable in your surroundings. By visiting your healthcare professional armed with information, you can circumvent difficult tests or bypass the waiting game while your doctor tries to determine what tests are needed and when you could go. It doesn’t replace the need for a healthcare visit; it enhances it. This is especially useful for those who live alone or for those who think it’s just a snoring issue. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea so instead of passing the earplugs over, fire up the app and see what comes out of it.

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Making Your Bed Work For You

Sleep is a glorious event that many people look forward to from the moment they wake up. If you work a stressful or physically demanding job all day, at the end you just want to fall into a cozy bed and remain unconscious until the morning. If you have a snoring problem and you don’t have a mouthpiece like the Good Morning Snore Solution (read more here) or the ZQuiet (read here), you will need to get smart and make a choice. Meanwhile, if you’ve got children or a mentally exhausting occupation, sleep might be something that comes fleetingly and is never truly peaceful. The trick to getting a good nights sleep varies from person to person, but the concept is the same: comfort and quiet.

When you’re out looking for a mattress or a bed set it’s hard to consider paying top dollar for something you “just sleep on”. Even spending a few hundred dollars on a mattress can make a lot of people break out in a cold sweat. Truthfully, traditional mattresses don’t seem to warrant much more than a few hundred dollars to get one the works well. But what if your bed was almost as high tech as your phone?:

Do you wheeze and snort your way through the night when you should be soundly sleeping? That could be about to change.

A new smart bed, due to launch on Kickstarter today, props you up if it hears you snoring.

It’s also programmed to learn your favourite sleep conditions and keep you comfy by moderating your temperature and its firmness accordingly.

Creating the “world’s smartest bed”

The project’s Founder Joe Katan has been busy creating the Balluga bed for the past 6 years.

“We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, and I’m sure I’m not alone in understanding how a bad night’s sleep effecting our mood and productivity,” he said.

“Through combining the most advanced air suspension system and a range of incredibly useful smart features, we can make the concept of the perfect sleep more than just a dream.”

Smart anti-snoring technology

The Balluga bed uses sensors to monitor the body’s vital statistics in real-time.

This can be accessed through either a remote control or the Balluga smartphone app (available on iOS, Android and Windows).

Users can keep track of their nights sleep using the app to work out the preferences that let them sleep best (and most silently!)

In-built microphones also detect if a sleeper is snoring and prompt the bed to raise the snorer’s head or upper body to soothe them into silence.

Via: http://www.thememo.com/2016/03/23/balluga-kickstarter-balluga-bed-smart-bed-snoring-cure-best-bed/

Not only does this bed prop you up if you start snoring, it can also regulate the temperature so you aren’t sweaty or freezing. This is especially great for those going through life changes like menopause or even when you’re just not feeling well. Who can ignore the idea of waking up to a massage? That’s pretty awesome. No longer will you have to wake up in pain or with stiff joints. Well, maybe that might still happen but we bet it won’t last for long! Having a bed that works this hard to ensure you have a good night’s sleep is worth the cost. Truly, it’s not completely outrageous. Can you really put a price tag on sleeping?

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Prove You’re Not Lying with this App

If you live with someone who snores, you have probably been told that you’re making it up when you confront them with the snoring issue. Many people who snore are either blissfully ignorant of the fact that they can rattle windows in their sleep or truly believe they don’t snore. As someone who is sharing a bed with a snorer in denial you might find yourself fighting a losing battle every time you try to bring it up. Your option might be to stay up all night to try to record them snoring, but that won’t be doing you any favors. So what’s a person to do? That’s where this handy app comes into play:

Snore Metrics has launched Snore Report – an iPhone app aimed at monitoring sleep and snoring. Snore Report will allow FitBit integration, and is available for download in the Apple App Store for free right now, with Android launching in the spring of 2017.

The app works by recording your sleep overnight. In the morning, the app provides a “Snore Score” assessment with the option to listen to the recording in its entirety, along with computed analysis and analytics.

Developed by world class engineers from the United States, China and Ukraine, SnoreReport features sophisticated algorithms to factor out the megahertz of the television sound, ensuring that it does not compromise, or interfere with the Snore Score. The app integrates the sleep tracking data with FitBit, to incorporate the heartbeat and provide a more comprehensive assessment of sleep quality.

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2014,” continued Fallon. “Snore Report allows you to monitor your sleep in the comfort of your own home. Sleep disorders are a silent killer, and we are working with Dr. Robert Lebby, a Board Certified Sleep M.D., to consult on further advancing the accuracy and analytics of the app.”

Via: https://appdevelopermagazine.com/4709/2016/12/12/New-app-records-your-snoring-then-gives-you-a-report-to-help-you-stop-it/

BAM! All you have to do is install this app on your phone and leave it running one night to pick up your partner’s snoring. The catch here is if you also snore, you won’t know who the app is tracking. You might be better off sneaking to another room for the night to ensure that the app captures the right culprit (or, why not wear a mouthpiece like the Good Morning Snore Solution to practically guarantee that it isn’t you that is snoring). Not only will this app provide a written report it will also allow a recording to be played. There’s no denying the fact that someone snores when you’ve got this much proof. This app is more productive than Johnson in accounting!

If your blissfully unaware snorer still denies they have an issue even after all of this, you might need to rethink everything. Chances are, one confronted with this proof they may be willing to at least have a conversation about it and you can work together. Dispelling some sleep myths right off the top is a good idea. Teamwork is what makes a relationship thrive so don’t just try to blame them for this issue they really can’t control when they’re unconscious. Maybe you need to review your habits and activities to ensure that you both can have a happy, healthy, quiet sleep.

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Hello Sleep: Bedroom Tech for Everyone

A downside to any wearable device that can help you track your sleep is that many of them are uncomfortable. Comfort is of the essence when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep and having something bulky on your wrist or something wrapped around your head isn’t necessarily going to make things any better for you. Comfort is one of the biggest challenges that all sleep aids face. Mouthpieces are being made in different sizes with softer materials and wearables are getting thinner and lighter. Sleep monitoring gadgets are everywhere. What if you didn’t have to strap something your your body to find out how you’re sleeping or if you need to do anything to adjust your sleep posture? With this clip on your pillow and an interesting glowing ball on your nightstand, you can:

James Proud is a man on a mission to fix our sleep. This one-time recipient of Peter Thiel’s “skip-college-and-build-things-instead” fellowship is convinced that building gadgets for the home is the best way to improve our lives through tech. And improving sleep, he’s sure, is the place to start.

His company, Hello, makes the Sense, a glowing orb that pairs with a clip that you attach to your pillow and connects with a phone app. The system monitors the conditions in your bedroom and charts them so that, over time, you get a better handle on what helps you improve your sleep.

Proud’s sleep tracker is one of the latest devices to tackle what the Centers for Disease Control has declared a “public health problem”: insufficient sleep. Others have gotten into the act, including Fitbit, Apple and its “bedtime” feature, and many other apps. The desire for us to get better sleep is so great that sleep tech even has its own section at the tech industry’s CES trade show this year, for the first time in the show’s 25-year history.

But Proud envisions something different for Hello. “When looking at all of the wearables, we saw that people were fascinated with their sleep. But for all of these wearable devices, it was tacked on,” he said. “So we said, let’s focus on that foundation. We have to go further than what you would do with a wearable device, and find out what’s going on in the room.”

Sense gives you more information than just the number of hours you spend in bed. Besides tracking your room’s conditions, the orb half of the system doubles as a white noise machine and glowing alarm clock. The latest model can even take voice commands that will let you control the smart lights in your bedroom or lower the thermostat.

Via: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161231/business/161239926/

Here we’ve got technology that is minimal on the invasiveness. Take this technology, add the VitalSleep mouthpiece to it (see a VitalSleep Review here), and your sleep apnea is bound to get under control. While it will bring your phone back into the bedroom, you get more information than just what you, as a person, are doing. By checking out the entire sleeping environment a picture is painted in it’s entirety. Maybe your room is too hot or cold, maybe there is a noise that happens at 3am that slightly wakes you up that you never noticed before. Compiling all the information in an easy to read format is one way to get your sleep concerns in one place. What you do with the information is up to you.

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From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/vitalsleep/hello-sleep-bedroom-tech-for-everyone

When It’s Time to Sleep… Buckle Up?

There are some outrageous sleep aids out there. The strap you put around your jaw to keep your mouth shut, tucking a tennis ball into your clothes to keep you from rolling over, and your standard mouthpiece. Some of these are tested and true, do what they’re supposed to do and are only slightly uncomfortable. The human body can adapt to almost anything you throw at it so it’s easy to get used to putting a mouthpiece in every night. Of all the strangest sleep aids that are out there one of the most interesting right now has to be the 2breathe wearable device that looks an awful lot like a belt. It seems to work, though, so perhaps it’s worth the price:

2breathe Technologies Ltd., a pioneer in developing digital therapeutic devices, today announced that 2breathe, a new smart, connected device tackling sleeplessness via a patented guided-breathing technology, is now publicly available. The new product, will be showcased at Israel’s premier health and life sciences industry event IATI-BIOMED on May 26, 2016.

2breathe broadly-patented technology grew out of a FDA-cleared device for non-drug treatment of hypertension and stress, RESPeRATE, used by hundreds of thousands of doctors and patients.  RESPeRATE’s one “side effect” was that users reported dozing off during the session and improved sleep. The Company adapted the technology for smartphones and created the 2breathe platform to induce sleep.

2breathe uses smart, connected technology to deliver the ancient wisdom of sleep-inducing breathing exercises in an easy and effective manner. A sensor worn around the torso picks up the user’s inhale and exhale movements sending it to an iOS app via low energy Bluetooth. The app transforms, in real time, the breathing into tones that gradually guide the user to prolonged exhalation and slow breathing. Within minutes, neural sympathetic activity is reduced, the user begins to disassociate from both external and internal stimuli, and the mind and body relax into sleep. Once sleep is detected, 2breathe automatically shuts off and generates a report showing the falling asleep process breath-by-breath.

“We believe that tracking sleep is nice, but inducing sleep is better,” said Erez Gavish, Co-Founder and CEO. “164 million Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week which is not surprising considering the extent of modern day work schedules and life stresses. We’re excited to be able to offer a real breakthrough to help those who can not ‘shut off’ their minds and fall asleep.”

2breathe was recently introduced to the Japanese market by Teijin, Japan’s largest sleep provider and is now available to consumers for $179.95 directly at www.2breathe.com.

Via: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2breathe-unveils-first-smart-device-to-induce-sleep-300265446.html

This brings new meaning to being snug and tight in your bed. The only major downside might be to those who sleep on their stomachs. Having the buckle right under your ribs and crushed under your body weight may have some impact on how the product works. If you otherwise suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia, this relatively natural way to fall asleep without the use of medication might be just what you need. It’s interesting that it induces sleep and one can’t help but wonder the effect it may have on those who snore. For bedroom technology this is definitely something to keep an eye one.

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Love New Gadgets? Check This Out!

We’re at a pretty exciting time in terms of technology. The evolution of what can and cannot be technologically advanced is speeding up and we’re seeing new gadgets come out in areas we might not have thought they would belong in before. For those of us who snore, having new ways to combat an age-old problem is a great way to feel as though something is actually being done about the snoring issue. Snoring can happen to anyone and doesn’t discriminate. Young and old, male or female, people can and will snore.

With this progression of technology creeping into other parts of our lives, there is a welcome addition to the game:

Some of us have a real problem with snoring. Yeah, there’s no end of home remedies to try, including the very scientific method of attaching a tennis ball to your back. But this wearable may be a more elegant solution.

The Anti-Snore Wearable – no messing around on the name – is an armband that detects when you’re snoring and emits a vibration to get you to turn over. Most people snore when sleeping on their back, so the aim is to get you to move without waking you up.

The mic isn’t in the band itself but in your smartphone, which will need to be nearby running the companion iOS/Android app. The creators say it can discern between snoring and other outside noises, which is obviously going to be a make-or-break feature of something like this.

Furthermore, it’s designed to work without waking you up and will only buzz when it thinks you’re in “light sleep”. Again, sounds great if it actually works.

The app will also keep a record of you snoring habits, helping you identify what the cause of your noisy sleeping might be (hint: it could very well be alcohol).

Via: http://www.wareable.com/health-and-wellbeing/anti-snore-wearable-release-date-price-features-3497

The Anti-Snore Wearable is available for people to fund on Kickstarter. It seems like they want to start shipping them in June of 2017 which means you’d only have a few months to wait before you’d be able to get your hot little hands on one. Meanwhile, why not check this amazing mouthpiece out?

When you look at it, it seems like a nice thin armband that won’t feel uncomfortable. You may run into an issue if you’ve been trying to keep your smartphone out of your bedroom. That becomes impossible with this device as it will need to be linked to your phone in order to work properly. The upside is that it just needs to be within your Bluetooth and microphone range so you don’t necessarily have to have it right at at your bedside if you find your phone distracting. You may not get the results you want if it’s too far away, however.

This device, provided it will work the way it says, will be a nice change from your partner trying to rouse you enough to have you roll over. We all know that this attempt usually ends with the partner fully awakening the snoring one and then no one is getting a good night’s sleep. Bad sleep=bad day so let’s keep an eye on this one!

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How Smart Is Your Bed?

Snoring is one of those issues that plagues more people than you probably realize. In fact, you may snore yourself and just not know it! If you sleep alone you probably are in the dark on any potential snoring issues. When there’s no one there to stab you in the side because you’re keeping them awake, it’s hard to see you have an issue. There are several causes, and treatments, for snoring. Some of the major causes are being overweight, smoking or drinking heavily before bed, stress and plain old muscle relaxation. You can exercise, scale back on bad habits and do yoga to reduce your stress but it’s a bit hard to combat muscles relaxing. Unless you have super control of your muscles. Then that’s a different story.

When your muscles relax too much your tongue will fall to the back of your throat and the muscles will loosen. This vibration on loose flesh is what causes the sound we’re all to familiar with. Various mouthpieces designed to either push your jaw forward to increase airflow (like: http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet) or hold your tongue in place ((like: http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution)can assist with this issue.

But what else can you do?

As our houses get smarter and smarter technology is slowly creeping into the bedroom:

After a full day of meetings at CES 2017, I noticed a few trends that could bubble up beyond some of the bigger ones that get a lot of the media’s attention. Roaming around a large hotel ballroom (The Mirage Events Center, actually) during the Pepcom Digital Experience event, I noticed a LOT of individual products, but some of them have coalesced into themes to watch during the year.

Technology hits the bedroom

Humans spend about 1/3 of their life sleeping or trying to sleep, so it’s been interesting to see that products are finally addressing our needs for a better night’s sleep. Companies and products like Smart Nora, the Zeeq Smart Pillow and Sleepace all have different approaches towards alleviating the annoyance of someone snoring (alleviating for the partner, since it probably doesn’t bother you if you’re the snorer). Different approaches are used by some of the products – the Nora device, for example, uses a small device that raises the pillow slightly to get you to move when snoring is detected through its sound sensor. The Zeeq includes speakers (which let you play music to help you get to sleep) that can activate when it detects snoring.

The big company in this space is Sleep Number Bed, which was at the event showing off its new Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed. The entire mattress system includes the anti-snoring approach (the bed adjusts the position when snoring is detected), but also includes a warming feature, biometric sensors and other health data abilities to help customers get their 40 winks in an easier manner.

Via: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3155005/consumer-electronics/ces-2017-early-trends-and-thoughts.html

A bevvy of cold-footed humans are very excited about the warming feature but for snorers, to have a bed that will automatically tilt you to help stop snoring is a great idea. If your bed does it for you there’s no need to stab  your partner in the ribs or be concerned that your snoring is shaking the windows and you don’t know it.

While some people might be hesitant to have technology in their beds, others will see it as progressive. There’s no denying that these are all fantastic ideas, but they are going to cost you a pretty penny. Before you get too wrapped up in the idea of buying a smart bed, maybe you should start saving your nickels and dimes. While it might take you a while to save for it, it’ll be that much sweeter when you can afford it.

The blog article How Smart Is Your Bed? was first published on TSMR

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet/how-smart-is-your-bed

Battle For The Future: Snore Mouthpieces Vs. The Smart Bed

No matter how you look at it, technology has changed our lives immeasurably over the past 20 years. Just think of it: now, we carry 6-10 ounce devices that have about 50-100 times the computer power that a laptop in 1995 did. I mean, that’s simply amazing (and please, don’t take my “computing power” estimates as fact: I ain’t no computer scientist! 😉 ).

So what does technology do? It solves problems. Or at least it disrupts and creates new problems that can be solved (I hate to go back to cell phones again, but yep, for many people they’ve BECOME a problem).  And what is one of the biggest problems for many people in Western societies? Snoring. Yes, I said it. And yes, it is a little “First World”, but the fact is, snoring STILL affects such a large percentage of the population that it’s almost crazy. I mean, come on! Shouldn’t we have done a little more about this by now?

And did we? Yes. First, we created the mandibular advancing snoring mouthpiece, which remains an extremely effective device, especially with solid entries recently such as the Zquiet, VitalSleep and SnoreRX. Then we adapted and made it better by creating the Tongue Stabilizing Device Mouthpiece, or TSD, an example well represented by the Good Morning Snore Solution.

But people are always looking for a better, more comfortable way. It simply makes sense, and apparently technology is looking to provide this. So you have a smart phone, right? What about a Smart Bed? Sleep Number thinks it’s got one:

the invention of a bed that automatically moves to adjusts a sleeper’s position when it detects a snoring fit, saving their partner from decamping to the sofa in an attempt to get a good night’s sleep.

The 360 Smart Bed, which can adjust its mattress to fit different body positions, track its owner’s sleeping habits and wake them at the optimum time, can detect the sound of snoring and in response raises the sleeper’s head by a few degrees to clear the airwaves.

Developed by mattress company Sleep Number and due to be put on sale this year, it can also warm up owners’ feet and send data about their sleeping patterns to an app.

It’s an interesting move, for sure. And we applaud Sleep Number for giving it a shot. As we have noted just recently in our post about the Snore Circle, tech companies seem to be going whole hog looking to sell products to help people sleep.

They also have what I would call “creative” ideas about how snoring can be stopped. Now don’t get me wrong: these folks don’t invest millions of dollars in a product that they think is not going to work (or sell, for that matter).

So, let’s jump ahead and propose hypothetically that the Sleep Number 360 does stop your snoring. Great! Fantastic even. The real question, though, is how many people can actually afford the Sleep Number 360. When you look at the snoring mouthpiece market and see that it is rare for a mouthpiece to cost more than $100, and compare it to Sleep Number, which currently runs models anywhere from $1000-3000USD, you can see that this is probably going to be ridiculously unaffordable for all but the richest folks out there.

The key question here for many people will be: Which is more affordable, snoring surgery or the Sleep Number 360? It sounds crazy, but when you consider it is very likely that the costs are similar, maybe it ain’t so bad sticking to a tried and true device that costs less than $125?

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From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/sleep-health/snore-mouthpieces-vs-smart-bed

Wake Yourself Into Snore-Free Sleep?

So why is snoring a big problem for people? Well, there are certainly a number of reasons, a major one being the fact that snoring frequently coincides with lack of breathing during sleep. Also, if you sleep with a partner, it can be annoying to the extreme and keep your partner up all night, whether he or she has a snoring problem or not! This is bad for you, of course, but definitely worse for your relationship.

However, one of the main issues that people find tough with snoring and sleep apnea is a lack of sleep. A lack of sustained, restful, full-blown, relaxed sleep. The kind where the dreams are strong and restful. The real reason for good sleep, after all.

The consequences of missing out on this kind of quality sleep can be killer for a lot of people, and result in lost productivity, moodiness and not to mention total lack of energy during the day. It’s enough that people frequently look to snoring mouthpieces like this one to calm their snoring and ensure a solid bunch of winks.

A Chinese company called VVFly, meanwhile, has a different way of tackling snoring: instead of attacking the issue at the core like a mouthpiece, they have a device called the Snore Circle that actually “transmits beeps and vibrations into a snorer’s ear to stop snoring when it detects it.” It’s an interesting approach, for sure:

The CEO, Johnson Luo, who is also a snorer, said that the device doesn’t wake the snorer up, but just irritates the snorer enough to change position and stop snoring. The beeps and vibrations sent by the device vary in 54 forms according to the seriousness of the snoring.

According to the article on Forbes.com, the massively different customer experiences may be par for the course with this device:

Professor Li Taoping, director of the Respiratory and Sleep Research Center at Guangzhou Southern Medical University, said that snoring results from various causes, such as having narrower air passages, being overweight or out of shape, use of certain medicines, excessive drinking or smoking, and sleeping in poor positions. As a result, different methods and tools have varying influence on different people. That is why the users of Snore Circle have such different experiences from the device.

Now, this is certainly a device that we wouldn’t recommend (especially because it never really addresses the initial or main cause of snoring), but that’s OK, as it’s only available in Mainland China at this point. But, there does seem to be one very interesting and frankly, useful reason to consider the Snore Circle:

What is also special about the Snore Circle is that it has Bluetooth that can send data to its mobile app, also of the same name, which can track and record one’s sleeping quality and snoring reduction.

So the power of a sleep lab in a Bluetooth device? Why yes, friends. Very, very cool. Cool enough, apparently, that the company as of this writing has already raised over $250,000 on funding site IndieGoGo to potentially get the product to more people.

So is the Snore Circle a stunning snore-killer like we’ve never seen before? Er, probably not. And the idea of “slightly bothering” the snorer perhaps up to a hundred times per night doesn’t exactly sound like an experience most of us would like to be a part of.

But, in our eyes, what makes the Snore Circle so interesting is the fact that it uses your smart phone to track exactly how your snoring patterns work. Like a sleep lab in an earpiece’s clothing, if it actually works as stated.

And that may be well worth the money for many folks.

Wake Yourself Into Snore-Free Sleep? is republished from SnoringMouthpieceReview.org

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/sleep-health/wake-yourself-into-snore-free-sleep

Suffer from Sleep Apnea? Here’s One Job You Should Rethink

There are plenty of issues that people with sleep concerns will face. When you can’t sleep well, it throws off your entire day and sometimes your whole week! Snoring is a major sleep issue that more people suffer from than they realize. If you sleep alone, you might never know that you are a snorer until you can’t figure out why you’re so tired every single day. There are several causes for

snoring but the most common is that your muscles in your mouth and throat are so loose it causes vibrations when you breathe. This is what gives way to the snoring sound we’ve all come to identify, thanks to television.

Another major sleep issue is Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Those who suffer from OSA will literally stop breathing several times at night. This interrupts the sleeping pattern and deprives the brain of oxygen.  It can have serious side effects for the waking hours and generally a special machine is needed to help the sufferer breathe and sleep uninterrupted at night. This is why a mouthpiece like the SnoreRX can be huge. It can easily contain your apnea. Read our SnoreRX review here.

Because the side effects of untreated snoring can severely impact your job, some occupations are making testing for OSA a mandatory component:

On July 8, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) closed its period for public comments regarding a proposal that would make it mandatory for all commercial drivers to be tested for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which has been identified as one of major causes of truck accidents.

The NTSB, in consultation with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), is expected to make its recommendation before the end of 2016, which could authorize the U.S. Department of Transportation to propose a new law regarding the treatment of sleep apnea among commercial truck drivers.

[…]

Because sleep apnea interrupts the sleep cycle, people with this disorder often struggle with focusing and remaining alert during the day.

And occupations such as truck driving are physically and mentally taxing, which when combined with sleep apnea, can make for a fatal combination for other drivers.

Sleep Apnea Stats Among Commercial Drivers:

Some recent statistics show that truck drivers are particularly vulnerable to developing sleep apnea.

A joint study by the University of Pennsylvania, FMCSA and the American Transportation Research Institute of the American Trucking Associations, found that 28 percent of commercial truck drivers have mild to severe apnea.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported in 2014 that drowsy driving resulted in 328,000 accidents, 109,000 injuries, and more than 6,000 fatalities each year.

What’s even scarier is that truck drivers are more likely to exhibit certain risk factors of sleep apnea.

Via: https://www.yahoo.com/news/rise-sleep-apnea-related-truck-135800526.html

Does this mean that sufferers of sleep apnea can never be truck drivers? Of course not. What this means is that the industry has identified a potential safety issue and are taking the steps to manage it. The good news is that the more people who are identified as having OSA, the more assistance they can get. Remember, not everyone has someone in their bed who can let them know what they do in their sleep. There is no other way for people to find out just what goes on during the night if no one tells them.

While this may be an occupation people with OSA should rethink going after, it doesn’t mean that being a truck driver is impossible. Driver fatigue has long been a serious issue for truck drivers so it should be comforting to know that serious thought into the causes of fatigue are being investigated. We will continue to need truck drivers until they invent teleportation. Until that time, let’s make sure our roads, and our truck drivers, are safe.

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