4.28.2019 2:00 AM

Innovation

Finally a Snoring Solution That Isn't a Mouthguard

Anyone who's been accused of snoring knows that it can be a hard diagnosis to correct. But if you're tired of mouthguards and other frustrating solutions, Smart Nora has the answer to your prayers. 

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It’s happened to everyone at least once. You’ve finally settled into a good, deep sleep and you’re suddenly rocketed awake by the sound of snoring. If you’re lucky (or not depending on how you look at it), it’s not you and it’s whoever else is in the room with you. If you’re not so lucky, your own snoring woke you up and now you have to struggle to fall back to sleep. So, what can you do about this? Do you just resign yourself to be that noisy sleeper or endure a raucous co-sleeper? There are a number of snoring solutions on the market, but now there’s one that’s effective and doesn’t require headgear or a mouthpiece.

What causes snoring?

Before we talk about solutions, it’s important to identify snoring and what causes it. Snoring is essentially when the tissues in your nasal passages and throat relax while you’re sleeping. The air you breathe in and out causes these tissues to vibrate and that horrible, hoarse sound you hear is the end result. Some people are quiet snorers, but many are not.

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The dangers of snoring

In addition to waking up anyone else in the nearby vicinity and ruining their quality of sleep, snoring can also pose real health risks to the person making the noise in some situations. In severe cases, snoring is linked to the condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People with OSA often exhibit other symptoms such as breathing pauses during sleep, daytime sleepiness, sore throat, difficulty concentrating, morning headaches, high blood pressure, restless sleep and, chest pain at night

What are the traditional solutions for snoring?

In the past, there have been a variety of common treatment solutions for snoring. Non-medical solutions include mouthguards and nasal strips that essentially reposition your mouth or nasal passages to prevent relaxed tissues from being impacted by airflow. In more serious cases, a medical device like a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask provides continuous airflow to help improve oxygen intake for people who have intermittent breathing pauses during their sleep. In the most severe scenarios, surgery is required to open the airways and reduce the chance of snoring.

But if you don’t fall into the category of a serious or severe case, you’re limited to mouthguards, nasal strips and dilator straps which can often be an annoyance to wear every night. These devices can cause headaches, mouth pain, dry mouth, and excessive salivation. If that sounds unappealing, Smart Nora has a snoring solution that doesn’t require putting anything in your mouth or on your face.

The Smart Nora solution

Smart Nora is an intuitive smart device that turns your own pillow into a responsive tool that detects when you snore. It gently inflates and deflates to help the snorer return to a regular breathing rhythm to stop your snoring.

How does this work?

Smart Nora is a three-piece system that includes a powered base, a pillow insert and a remote auditory device called the Pebble. The Pebble is attached on the wall above the snorer’s pillow. The pillow insert is connected to the base and then inserted into the pillowcase. When the system is on, the Pebble “listens” as you sleep. When snoring is detected, the pillow insert is triggered and begins to gently inflate and deflate to help the snorer’s breathing patterns return to normal. So, you stop snoring without being awakened.

Things to consider:

  1. Smart Nora is intended as a snoring reduction option for people who are not diagnosed with sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, this is not a replacement solution for medical treatment.
  2. Smart Nora comes with a power adapter so it can travel with you.
  3. The device can correct snoring regardless of your position. So side and belly sleepers will find this product just as effective as back sleepers.
  4. All Smart Nora devices come with a 30-day money back guarantee and a 1-year limited warranty.

So, if you’ve had it with your significant other shaking you awake and telling you to sleep in another room, it might be time to give Smart Nora a try. The brand offers two affordable options, a $299 refurbished model and a $329 factory new model. Both options can be financed through the site’s payment plan options to make getting a good night’s sleep more accessible than ever.

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