SMART NORA SNORING DEVICE
In the war on snoring, earplugs are often the first line of defence. And in the decade or so that I’ve been with someone whose noises can wake guests in a neighbouring room, I’ve found them next-to-no use at all.
There have often been times (usually between the hours of 3am and 6am) when I’ve thought about crowdfunding to have his soft palate cauterised privately. There have even been times I’ve thought about doing it myself. Publicly.
I’ve downloaded apps to show him just how loudly he snores. I’ve become an aficionado of after-dark radio.
“There’s always the spare room,” he once suggested after I woke him during a particularly deafening bout... before he promptly fell back to sleep.
So Silicon Valley may have just come up with its most life-changing piece of kit since the iPhone. It’s just a shame about the name.
The Smart Nora is billed as the world’s first “contact-free snoring sleep solution”, which I took to mean there’s no need to nudge, shove or threaten bodily harm to the person next to you
in your quest to silence them. Compared with the average preventive device – nasal clips, strips, soft-resin mouthpieces – this passes for high-tech.
You have three constituent parts to assemble: First, there’s a motor inside a doctor’s-briefcasesized box that sits by the snorer’s side of the bed; into that, you push an air pipe that’s attached to an inflatable sleeve, which slips into the snorer’s pillowcase; a pebble-shaped microphone is then mounted on the headboard above the snorer.
Should the snorer drift off surrounded by all this kit, the contraption will lie in wait for his sonorous snufflings.
Once triggered, it inflates the pillow like a giant blood- pressure armband, shunting sleepyhead into a new (quieter) position. Blocked airways – a common cause of snoring – are thus reopened.
That’s the theory. And, perhaps unbelievably, it actually worked a treat for us. I enjoyed a full, uninterrupted night’s kip – my first in more than a decade.
One benefit of this system is that the snorer can place their head any which way they please on the pillow – front, back or side – and the airbag will manoeuvre them into a natural position.
Yes, the box emits a faint pumping sound. But if the snorer still objects, tell them they could always try using earplugs. About $ 527, visit smart nora.com