The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - HEALTH - Tested by Paul Cle­ments

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

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