Sleep disorders have been increasingly treated by the advanced technologies being developed in the present times. There are plenty of devices and platforms available in the market that can help to reduce sleep problems.
According to MedTech developers, sleep apnea is one of the most challenging sleep disorders commonly found in overweight and aged people.
However, several devices are constantly being developed to prevent and diagnose abnormal habits causing sleep deprivation and allow experts to understand and improve sleep habits in patients.
Sleep Apnea- The Severe Sleeping Disorders
Sleep apnea refers to a condition in which the patients are not able to breathe in normal ways, or the breathing entirely gets stopped while sleeping. This condition stops the body from inhaling the required oxygen and causes sudden death during sleep.
It happens when the breathing passage of the human body gets blocked repeatedly due to an issue known as apnea (preventing the lungs and brains from having the required amount of oxygen and resulting in snoring or choking unconsciously).
The reason behind sleep apnea occurring in patients depends on different medical conditions and physical structures such as endocrine disorders, obesity, kidney or heart failure, premature birth, and neuromuscular disorders.
According to the National Health Services (NHS), this condition is defined as a common disorder where the throat walls become narrow and relax during sleep causing abnormal breathing.
If this condition of abnormal sleep is left untreated or undiagnosed, it could lead to several risky diseases such as diabetes, behavior disorders, glaucoma, and heart attacks.
Role of Technology in Curing Sleep Apnea
Sleep is referred to as a natural physiological method experienced by all living beings on this planet. However, humans are the only living beings who use technology to enhance the natural sleep quality.
Every sector is using advanced technologies to accomplish things that seem impossible. Without the help of technology, it would have never been possible for humans to travel with such speed through air or into outer space.
The technology used for treating sleep apnea allows the healthcare team and experts to effectively monitor the sleeping pattern of the patients and adjust the therapies accordingly to deliver the best possible outcome.
Getting timely treatment for sleep apnea can help the patients in reducing the risk of threatening conditions such as blood pressure and diabetes.
Technology is constantly making complex things simple, and its role in sleep enhancement may become even more important.
As per BIS Research, the global emerging sleep apnea devices and platforms market is expected to grow from a market value of $4.88 billion in 2019 to $13.17 billion by 2030, having a CAGR of 9.94% during the period 2021-2030.
Device to Reduce Sleep Apnea Conditions
- Hypnos Sleep Mask
Hypnos (a Greek word that means sleep) is a sleeping mask launched in 2019 that monitors the sleep position and the snoring frequency of the patients.
In response to the extreme snores, the nose and eye mask make a general vibration that wakes up the patients to get their sleeping position changed.
The device is built using expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) technology to increase the patients’ breathing pressures by keeping their airways open while sleeping and stopping them from snoring.
- Smart Sleep Snoring Band
Recently, Phillips (electronic giant) has released the smart sleep snoring band that is designed in a manner that helps in reducing the snoring in patients having sleep apnea by strapping the band below the chest.
The discreet sensors attached to the band allow it to monitor sleep and ensure the patient is sleeping in the right posture in order to reduce snoring.
If the wearer starts moving in the wrong posture, the band automatically starts vibrating and encourages the patient to move back to the right posture without waking them completely.
According to Phillips, this product is defined as a non-invasive, comfortable, and natural way to enhance the sleep quality of the patients by changing their sleeping patterns over continuous use.
- Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation (HGNS)
HGNS is a popular treatment that uses a stimulatory device directly implanted in the patient’s chest suffering from sleep apnea. Also, HGNS is seen as a promising alternative to the continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) machine.
It reduces the disorder of sleep apnea by stimulating the hypoglossal nerve electricity from the patient’s chest to the tongue.
It activates the tongue muscles to move ahead (away from breathing airway passage in the human body), preventing the upper airway from blockage while sleeping and ultimately improving sleeping disorders.
The stimulation therapy is painless and powered via a battery system controlled by patients to turn on and off the process using a remote.
HGNS is the first treatment choice recommended by experts for controlling and reducing sleep apnea disorders.
There is a continuous need to enhance sleep quality within modern culture. People have been continuously ignoring the value of proper sleep in their lives. In the coming years, innovation in the technology for enhancing sleep can be a great solution for those suffering from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.