Sleep easy: The plaster on your lips to stop snoring

A sensor that resembles a sticking plaster being used as a novel way to treat snoring.
This device is stuck to the upper lip patients to monitor their breathing. When it detects snoring, it sends a short burst of sound, through a small earpiece, the ear of the patient.
This stop snoring without actually awake patients. 
Get a good night’s sleep: a new device to prevent snoring without waking the patient
The device has been developed for people with sleep apnea, a condition estimated to affect up to three million Britons at some point in their lives.
This occurs when the upper airway collapse during sleep, cutting off air flow up to ten seconds at a time. There can be hundreds of these events – or apnoeas – night.
Patients snore because the vibration of excess tissue in the upper airway.
Lack of air leads to a decrease in blood oxygen levels, and the brain reacts by waking moment to tighten the muscles of the throat, which clears throat and opens airways.
The patients, who do not remember these brief episodes of waking, then produce a loud snort or snore, before beginning to breathe again.
There are several causes for sleep apnea, including obesity. Muscle loss with aging has also been involved, since this leads to airway collapse during sleep. 

Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and even depression.
Conventional treatment includes a special device to prevent complete closure of airways.

This device is continuous positive airway pressure, as it is known, is worn over the nose during sleep, such as face masks.
They provide air at a pressure slightly increased. This makes the upper airway open, preventing apnea and snoring.
Although these devices can be effective, many people find them cumbersome or uncomfortable to wear all night, and they often just stop using them.
In severe cases surgery is an option, here, the excess tissue in the throat is removed in order to widen the airway.
Lips new device, currently being tested on 125 people at the Mayo Clinic in the U.S., has been designed as an alternative to the more complicated for the mask. 

It consists of a plastic pressure sensors fixed to the upper lip before bedtime. It is stuck on with adhesive strips, such as plaster, and secure in place with a piece of elastic that runs behind the head.
The sensor measures the air pressure as the patient exhales – pressure drop is a sign the patient will stop breathing. The sensor is connected to the control box-sized iPod, which continually analyzes the information it receives.
When it detects apnea patients will suffer, he sends a short burst of sound to the earpiece. These devices can emit hundreds of different voices, and walk through them to find one that has the desired effect – an increase in air pressure which means the patient’s exhaled breath and apnea have been discontinued. 

This signal is designed not to wake the patient, but to little ‘surprise’ of the brain, generating enough for it to tighten the muscles around the throat.
“Our research shows that patients do not wake up and they have no memory the next morning to hear voices,” said Jim Moore, of Dymedix company that makes the device.”They’re really fresh awake.”
Jim Horne, head of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough, said: “This is an interesting idea, but further trials are needed to see how well it works. 

“A common alternative, nasal mask, completely prevented this apnoeas not detect them, as this new device seems to be doing. Latest Masks far more convenient and acceptable than they used to be.”
The producers said they hope to launch the device in the UK within 18 months.
Meanwhile, scientists believe that vitamin C jabs could be a new way to cope with sleep apnea.
Researchers have found that a single injection of 500mg of vitamin increases blood flow to the muscles surrounding the airways, which can help treat the disorder.

Scientists at the Justus-Liebig-University, Germany, studied ten patients with sleep apnea and ten patients without.
They found those with sleep apnea have restricted blood flow compared with healthy patients.
Sleep apnea is reduced in patients with the following conditions puncture, which the team believe it may be because the blood vessels widen vitamins.

~ by ickerz on 16 July 2011.

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