Snoring is such a common occurrence that nearly a quarter of all adults snore regularly. For some, this is just a harmless (yet disruptive) noise, but for others this could mean a more serious sleep condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where airflow is obstructed and breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Sleep apnea, if not treated, could have a negative effect on your heart long term.
Currently, people with sleep apnea can treat this by using a CPAP device (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device) each night while sleeping. This device helps prevent the individual’s breathing tubes from collapsing during sleep, which causes the apnea. A CPAP device is bulky and often times very hard to sleep with, which is not appealing to most people. A recent invention called Airing has been created not only to help those harmless snorers, but those afflicted with sleep apnea as well.
Like other devices, it sends air into the breathing tubes to prevent collapse, which can also help with snoring. Instead of going through a huge mask, this air goes through two nose buds made of silicon rubber, which forms a seal inside the nose to both maintain air pressure and ensure the device stays in place during sleep. The air is produced by tiny micro-blower plates that use electrostatic force.Airing also runs on zinc-air batteries, so there are no cords needed, but it’s not rechargeable, so it can only be used once for an eight-hour run.
The best part of this device is the size. It is considerably smaller and more convenient than a CPAP device. Additionally, the Airing device does not utilize any hoses like the CPAP machine rather it utilizes batteries.
Currently, the company is looking into raising funds by selling equity in the business, but hopes to have a prototype ready soon. It is expected this device could cost as little as $3.00 at the store!