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Night Shift Gets Sleep Apneans and Snorers Off Their Backs

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It’s noisy, unhealthy and, according to World Association of Sleep Medicine, it affects up to 24 percent of men 9 percent of women in the US. Sleep apnea is a disorder caused by pauses in breathing that can last several seconds and produces a loud snort or choking sound when breathing resumes. It is treatable, most commonly with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAC), which involves pressurized air being blown through the nose during the night through a facial mask. However, this is obviously uncomfortable and doesn’t work for everyone…

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Night Shift Featured in Medgadget

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Night Shift, a Correctional Device for Positional Sleep Apnea

From Advanced Brain Monitoring, a Carlsbad, California company, Night Shift is a new gadget for patients with positional obstructive sleep apnea (POSA) and snoring problems. Worn on the back of the neck, Night Shift vibrates when the user starts to sleep on the back, increasing in intensity until it detects that the sleeper has rolled over. An additional monitoring function measures sleep quality and the frequency of unhealthy loud snoring. The web-based Report Portal helps patients and their healthcare providers to measure the effectiveness of the therapy and its effect on the quality of sleep.

The device makers hope to use the gathered data to help asses clinical inquiries such as efficiency with which the user slept, the degree of sleep fragmentation, the interaction between alcohol consumption, snoring, and sleep quality, and for tracking behavioral adaptation to position therapy.

FDA clearance for marketing has not been processed yet, but initial studies (which you can find on their site) indicate promising results.