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Sleep Apnea And Heart Disease: Killers Together!

Alright, maybe the snoring device itself isn’t going to actually kill you, but there are some issues they just can’t solve. Of the various sleep disorders out there, one of the most major ones is sleep apnea: specifically obstructive sleep apnea. This means that while a person sleeps, their airways are being blocked enough that they will actually stop breathing. Many people who suffer with obstructive sleep apnea use a special machine to help them breathe at night.

There are some people who have found success with mouthpieces like ZQuiet (http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet) while they sleep as there are those designed to keep your airways open by supporting one of the worst blockage culprits, your tongue, in place. While this is all well and good (and even desired) there is one disease that goes hand-in-hand with sleep apnea that mouthpieces can’t deal with. Heart disease:

In “Impact of Mandibular Advancement Therapy on Endothelial Function in Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” French researchers report on a randomized controlled trial of 150 patients with severe sleep apnea and no overt cardiovascular disease who received either a mandibular advancement device (MAD) or a sham oral appliance.

The researchers found MAD therapy significantly improved the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) scores, micro-arousal index scores, and symptoms of snoring, fatigue, and sleepiness. However, MAD did not improve endothelial function, a key predictor of cardiovascular disease, or lower blood pressure.

Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, is considered the “gold standard” of obstructive sleep apnea treatment. However, many patients find it uncomfortable, and MAD is the most commonly prescribed alternative.

“Endothelial dysfunction is one of the intermediate mechanisms that potentially contribute to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease in OSA,” said lead study author Frédéric Gagnadoux, MD, professor of pulmonology at the University Hospital of Angers in France. “Whether MAD therapy improves endothelial function in OSA patients had not been evaluated before in properly controlled and adequately powered trials.”

Patients in the current study had an AHI > 30. They ranged in age from 18-70, and 86 percent were men. None had signs of cardiovascular disease. Although their AHI scores were indicative of severe sleep apnea, participants reported only mild daytime sleepiness. A strength of the study, which lasted two months, was that compliance with using MAD was high, as verified by researchers using a tiny embedded monitor.

Via: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170127112856.htm

It’s a daunting thing to grapple with. Being diagnosed with sleep apnea doesn’t mean your life is over, it just means there are more things you need to consider in order to remain healthy. The important thing to take away from this is that you can’t cut corners. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder with real consequences. This goes beyond trying to stop snoring because it bothers your partner. When your life is at risk you need to do everything in your power to retain a quality of life and living that you are proud of. You can’t just slap a mouthpiece in and think everything is great. Will it stop the snoring? Sure! That’s what it’s designed to do. But it also has limitations. Your heart isn’t affected by what you wear in your mouth at night. Not enough to keep heart disease at bay. Listen to your doctor and make sure you’re doing what you can to have a happy, healthy sleep.

Need An Investment Idea? Look No Further!

We’ve said it a dozen (or more) times: snoring sucks. It is disruptive to the person trying to sleep and the partner who might be sharing that bed. It causes people to feel lethargic and groggy the next morning, sore if they’ve been prodded by someone trying to shut them up, and just generally lousy. Snoring can lead to further health complications like sleep apnea and require the use of uncomfortable devices in order to keep breathing in the night. As scary as it sounds, it has probably been one of the most ignored problems in the past few decades. People just accepted that snoring was something we did and many believed they couldn’t do anything to change it.

With the advances of technology we’re seeing a new wave of anti-snoring devices ranging from smart beds to customizable devices. If you were looking to start a company or invest some of your allowance, the anti-snoring industry should be something you consider:

Anti-snoring devices and surgery market are likely to register robust growth due to the high prevalence of snoring. Snoring is a problem common to all age groups, especially adults and its remedy calls for budget-friendly, user-friendly, and efficacious anti-snoring devices. The compact and portable anti-snoring devices are the leading source of revenue in the global anti-snoring devices and surgery market, however, it is also anticipated that more people worldwide will prefer surgery to devices to address this problem.

Optimization in Size Likely to Boost Demand for Anti-snoring Devices

Companies dealing in the global anti-snoring devices and surgery market are developing compact and connectivity-enabled devices. Development of such optimized connected and wireless devices are estimated to bring notable growth opportunities to the global market. Apart from technologically upgraded devices, the demand for low-cost devices is also anticipated to drive the market.

Further, the development of minimally invasive surgery implants is estimated to register high growth in the near future. The increasing use of implantable neurostimulation devices is likely to drive the global anti-snoring devices and surgery market.
Via: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3178662#ixzz4V00u7vWj

Everyone likes to make money and it seems like a smart idea to invest in an industry that is only going to see growth. More and more devices are being made, not all of them great mind you, and newer takes on older successes are continuing to grace the scene.

As more people become aware of how they sleep and the fact that snoring is not a good thing, the more people will be looking for a way to solve it. We know that you can combat snoring with things like exercise and stress reduction. We know that heavy drinking and smoking before bed can cause us to snore. We also know that the side effects for many medications is snoring. We also know that mouthpieces like the Good Morning Snore Solution do help fight the symptoms of sleep apnea. Partners aren’t simply rolling over and accepting that their bedmate snores any more. They want a resolution that will let them sleep and keep everyone happy.

Anti-snoring devices are that solution and they’re only going to get more popular and cooler. Maybe now the older kids will let them sit at the same table in the cafeteria.

Personalization In Your Mouth

When it comes to common treatments of snoring many people will depend on oral appliances. Depending on the issue  you face, you might require a device that will push your jaw forward to allow more airflow or you might require a device that will hold your tongue in place. When you sleep, your muscles relax. Snorers often have muscles that relax too much in their mouths. This causes the tongue to fall to the back of the throat and obstruct the airflow. The loosened muscles and blocked airflow also cause that snoring sound we have come to expect from a snorer.

Getting devices that work isn’t that hard, but the tricky part can be finding a device that will fit your mouth. Some products will come in several sizes to help you determine which one is going to work and some just come in one-size-fits-all. That can be exceptionally distressing to someone who does not have an ‘average’ shaped or sized mouth.

But what if you could get a completely customized mouthpiece without shelling out hundreds of dollars to your dentist? One company in Australia is interested in making this idea work:

Australian medical device company Oventus Medical recently launched a new 3D printing facility in Melbourne that will produce new anti-snoring devices customized to an individual’s specific needs.

The Oventus 3D printing facility is located at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO) Clayton site. It will manufacture O2Vent, a lightweight titanium device which stops patients from snoring by delivering air to the back of the mouth, alleviating multiple sites of obstruction including the nose, soft palate and tongue.

Research shows that sleep apnea, which is caused by excessive snoring, can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeats, heart attacks, and diabetes.

The company said the device could benefit the estimated one million Australians that suffer from sleep apnoea and millions more around the world.

Australia’s Minister for Innovation, Industry, and Science Greg Hunt said it is a major step forward for Australian innovation that changes lives and creates employment.

Oventus’ partnership with CSIRO has been cited as an example of collaboration between private sector and public research, creating businesses opportunities and new jobs – a key aim of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Research Director of CSIRO Manufacturing Dr. Keith McLean attributes the science organization’s unique multidisciplinary capabilities for the speedy delivery of the Oventus project.

Via: http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/3d-printing-facility-australia-produce-anti-snoring-device-1517203475

While this idea is cropping up in the Land of the Down Under, that doesn’t mean the idea won’t come to North America either. It might already be here, just happening in secret. It’s a great idea and an awesome example of how to make partnerships work. It’s exciting to see a technology like 3D printing being used for such a practical purpose. The fact that it’s also being developed by a medical team shows how serious the company is on ensuring that this product is safe and meets various requirements.

If this goes forward, hopefully it will make the idea of customized mouthpieces less expensive than the options currently available. Right now, the most customizable and adjustable mouth guard is the SnoreRX. While of course it doesn’t have the kind of personalized design that a mouthpiece that comes out of a 3D printer does, it more than does the job as being one of the most adjustable mouth guards out there.

Sleep Apnea Test? There’s an App for That

Obstructive sleep apnea is certainly something that has the potential to be dangerous. This particular sleep disorder is known to obstruct (get it?) the airways in a person while they’re sleeping. This means that the person who is suffering from this disorder will actually stop breathing several times during the night. It can be scary to think about and not everyone is aware they have it. Maybe you sleep alone and there is no one to catch the sounds you’re making. Maybe you sleep with a heavy sleeper who wouldn’t notice if an earthquake happened. Whatever the reason, it’s important to take that step forward into investigating when you don’t get a good night’s sleep more than once a week.

The great news is that there’s an app for that (frankly, there are also some pretty excellent devices, as you probably will note in this SnoreRX review). Really, there is an app that was developed that will measure the sounds you make while you sleep to see if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea:

With new technologies been invented for early diagnosis and treatment of various disorders, the Ben-Gurion University, Israel has come up with an innovative smartphone-based system for assessing a patients’ obstructive sleep apnea and sleep–wake activity, a study of how sleepy one feels. The technique of assessing the activity is cheap and easy to use and can possibly serve as an alternative over the traditional polysomnography in few studies.

The patient is not required to be connected to any sort of sensors to assess the activity. Instead, it performs on a program that can be downloaded on the smartphone to examine sleep and speech sounds. The microphone of the smartphone is used by the software to hear the sounds a sleeping person generates. The recorded sounds are processed and classified to determine specific events such as coughing, wheezing, or snoring.

To evaluate the accuracy of the software, the research team performed an analysis which included 350 volunteers. It was found that the smartphone-based system was able to accurately verify the sleeping events and assess the sleep–wake activity and obstructive sleep apnea in the subjects.

Professor Tarasiuk and Dr. Zigel said, “We have built a contact-free speech signal analysis that can aid in early diagnosis of sleep disorders and obstructive sleep apnea.”

Via: http://greaterpatchoguedaily.com/smartphone-app-analyzes-obstructive-sleep-apnea/12098

It’s great to see new technology being developed to help people. Not everyone has the time or money to invest in visiting a sleep clinic or even bringing up this potential issue with a doctor. Being able to test it out in your own home gives you that freedom to be more comfortable in your surroundings. By visiting your healthcare professional armed with information, you can circumvent difficult tests or bypass the waiting game while your doctor tries to determine what tests are needed and when you could go. It doesn’t replace the need for a healthcare visit; it enhances it. This is especially useful for those who live alone or for those who think it’s just a snoring issue. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea so instead of passing the earplugs over, fire up the app and see what comes out of it.

Making Your Bed Work For You

Sleep is a glorious event that many people look forward to from the moment they wake up. If you work a stressful or physically demanding job all day, at the end you just want to fall into a cozy bed and remain unconscious until the morning. If you have a snoring problem and you don’t have a mouthpiece like the Good Morning Snore Solution (read more here) or the ZQuiet (read here), you will need to get smart and make a choice. Meanwhile, if you’ve got children or a mentally exhausting occupation, sleep might be something that comes fleetingly and is never truly peaceful. The trick to getting a good nights sleep varies from person to person, but the concept is the same: comfort and quiet.

When you’re out looking for a mattress or a bed set it’s hard to consider paying top dollar for something you “just sleep on”. Even spending a few hundred dollars on a mattress can make a lot of people break out in a cold sweat. Truthfully, traditional mattresses don’t seem to warrant much more than a few hundred dollars to get one the works well. But what if your bed was almost as high tech as your phone?:

Do you wheeze and snort your way through the night when you should be soundly sleeping? That could be about to change.

A new smart bed, due to launch on Kickstarter today, props you up if it hears you snoring.

It’s also programmed to learn your favourite sleep conditions and keep you comfy by moderating your temperature and its firmness accordingly.

Creating the “world’s smartest bed”

The project’s Founder Joe Katan has been busy creating the Balluga bed for the past 6 years.

“We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, and I’m sure I’m not alone in understanding how a bad night’s sleep effecting our mood and productivity,” he said.

“Through combining the most advanced air suspension system and a range of incredibly useful smart features, we can make the concept of the perfect sleep more than just a dream.”

Smart anti-snoring technology

The Balluga bed uses sensors to monitor the body’s vital statistics in real-time.

This can be accessed through either a remote control or the Balluga smartphone app (available on iOS, Android and Windows).

Users can keep track of their nights sleep using the app to work out the preferences that let them sleep best (and most silently!)

In-built microphones also detect if a sleeper is snoring and prompt the bed to raise the snorer’s head or upper body to soothe them into silence.

Via: http://www.thememo.com/2016/03/23/balluga-kickstarter-balluga-bed-smart-bed-snoring-cure-best-bed/

Not only does this bed prop you up if you start snoring, it can also regulate the temperature so you aren’t sweaty or freezing. This is especially great for those going through life changes like menopause or even when you’re just not feeling well. Who can ignore the idea of waking up to a massage? That’s pretty awesome. No longer will you have to wake up in pain or with stiff joints. Well, maybe that might still happen but we bet it won’t last for long! Having a bed that works this hard to ensure you have a good night’s sleep is worth the cost. Truly, it’s not completely outrageous. Can you really put a price tag on sleeping?

Prove You’re Not Lying with this App

If you live with someone who snores, you have probably been told that you’re making it up when you confront them with the snoring issue. Many people who snore are either blissfully ignorant of the fact that they can rattle windows in their sleep or truly believe they don’t snore. As someone who is sharing a bed with a snorer in denial you might find yourself fighting a losing battle every time you try to bring it up. Your option might be to stay up all night to try to record them snoring, but that won’t be doing you any favors. So what’s a person to do? That’s where this handy app comes into play:

Snore Metrics has launched Snore Report – an iPhone app aimed at monitoring sleep and snoring. Snore Report will allow FitBit integration, and is available for download in the Apple App Store for free right now, with Android launching in the spring of 2017.

The app works by recording your sleep overnight. In the morning, the app provides a “Snore Score” assessment with the option to listen to the recording in its entirety, along with computed analysis and analytics.

Developed by world class engineers from the United States, China and Ukraine, SnoreReport features sophisticated algorithms to factor out the megahertz of the television sound, ensuring that it does not compromise, or interfere with the Snore Score. The app integrates the sleep tracking data with FitBit, to incorporate the heartbeat and provide a more comprehensive assessment of sleep quality.

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2014,” continued Fallon. “Snore Report allows you to monitor your sleep in the comfort of your own home. Sleep disorders are a silent killer, and we are working with Dr. Robert Lebby, a Board Certified Sleep M.D., to consult on further advancing the accuracy and analytics of the app.”

Via: https://appdevelopermagazine.com/4709/2016/12/12/New-app-records-your-snoring-then-gives-you-a-report-to-help-you-stop-it/

BAM! All you have to do is install this app on your phone and leave it running one night to pick up your partner’s snoring. The catch here is if you also snore, you won’t know who the app is tracking. You might be better off sneaking to another room for the night to ensure that the app captures the right culprit (or, why not wear a mouthpiece like the Good Morning Snore Solution to practically guarantee that it isn’t you that is snoring). Not only will this app provide a written report it will also allow a recording to be played. There’s no denying the fact that someone snores when you’ve got this much proof. This app is more productive than Johnson in accounting!

If your blissfully unaware snorer still denies they have an issue even after all of this, you might need to rethink everything. Chances are, one confronted with this proof they may be willing to at least have a conversation about it and you can work together. Dispelling some sleep myths right off the top is a good idea. Teamwork is what makes a relationship thrive so don’t just try to blame them for this issue they really can’t control when they’re unconscious. Maybe you need to review your habits and activities to ensure that you both can have a happy, healthy, quiet sleep.

Hello Sleep: Bedroom Tech for Everyone

A downside to any wearable device that can help you track your sleep is that many of them are uncomfortable. Comfort is of the essence when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep and having something bulky on your wrist or something wrapped around your head isn’t necessarily going to make things any better for you. Comfort is one of the biggest challenges that all sleep aids face. Mouthpieces are being made in different sizes with softer materials and wearables are getting thinner and lighter. Sleep monitoring gadgets are everywhere. What if you didn’t have to strap something your your body to find out how you’re sleeping or if you need to do anything to adjust your sleep posture? With this clip on your pillow and an interesting glowing ball on your nightstand, you can:

James Proud is a man on a mission to fix our sleep. This one-time recipient of Peter Thiel’s “skip-college-and-build-things-instead” fellowship is convinced that building gadgets for the home is the best way to improve our lives through tech. And improving sleep, he’s sure, is the place to start.

His company, Hello, makes the Sense, a glowing orb that pairs with a clip that you attach to your pillow and connects with a phone app. The system monitors the conditions in your bedroom and charts them so that, over time, you get a better handle on what helps you improve your sleep.

Proud’s sleep tracker is one of the latest devices to tackle what the Centers for Disease Control has declared a “public health problem”: insufficient sleep. Others have gotten into the act, including Fitbit, Apple and its “bedtime” feature, and many other apps. The desire for us to get better sleep is so great that sleep tech even has its own section at the tech industry’s CES trade show this year, for the first time in the show’s 25-year history.

But Proud envisions something different for Hello. “When looking at all of the wearables, we saw that people were fascinated with their sleep. But for all of these wearable devices, it was tacked on,” he said. “So we said, let’s focus on that foundation. We have to go further than what you would do with a wearable device, and find out what’s going on in the room.”

Sense gives you more information than just the number of hours you spend in bed. Besides tracking your room’s conditions, the orb half of the system doubles as a white noise machine and glowing alarm clock. The latest model can even take voice commands that will let you control the smart lights in your bedroom or lower the thermostat.

Via: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161231/business/161239926/

Here we’ve got technology that is minimal on the invasiveness. Take this technology, add the VitalSleep mouthpiece to it (see a VitalSleep Review here), and your sleep apnea is bound to get under control. While it will bring your phone back into the bedroom, you get more information than just what you, as a person, are doing. By checking out the entire sleeping environment a picture is painted in it’s entirety. Maybe your room is too hot or cold, maybe there is a noise that happens at 3am that slightly wakes you up that you never noticed before. Compiling all the information in an easy to read format is one way to get your sleep concerns in one place. What you do with the information is up to you.

When It’s Time to Sleep… Buckle Up?

There are some outrageous sleep aids out there. The strap you put around your jaw to keep your mouth shut, tucking a tennis ball into your clothes to keep you from rolling over, and your standard mouthpiece. Some of these are tested and true, do what they’re supposed to do and are only slightly uncomfortable. The human body can adapt to almost anything you throw at it so it’s easy to get used to putting a mouthpiece in every night. Of all the strangest sleep aids that are out there one of the most interesting right now has to be the 2breathe wearable device that looks an awful lot like a belt. It seems to work, though, so perhaps it’s worth the price:

2breathe Technologies Ltd., a pioneer in developing digital therapeutic devices, today announced that 2breathe, a new smart, connected device tackling sleeplessness via a patented guided-breathing technology, is now publicly available. The new product, will be showcased at Israel’s premier health and life sciences industry event IATI-BIOMED on May 26, 2016.

2breathe broadly-patented technology grew out of a FDA-cleared device for non-drug treatment of hypertension and stress, RESPeRATE, used by hundreds of thousands of doctors and patients.  RESPeRATE’s one “side effect” was that users reported dozing off during the session and improved sleep. The Company adapted the technology for smartphones and created the 2breathe platform to induce sleep.

2breathe uses smart, connected technology to deliver the ancient wisdom of sleep-inducing breathing exercises in an easy and effective manner. A sensor worn around the torso picks up the user’s inhale and exhale movements sending it to an iOS app via low energy Bluetooth. The app transforms, in real time, the breathing into tones that gradually guide the user to prolonged exhalation and slow breathing. Within minutes, neural sympathetic activity is reduced, the user begins to disassociate from both external and internal stimuli, and the mind and body relax into sleep. Once sleep is detected, 2breathe automatically shuts off and generates a report showing the falling asleep process breath-by-breath.

“We believe that tracking sleep is nice, but inducing sleep is better,” said Erez Gavish, Co-Founder and CEO. “164 million Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week which is not surprising considering the extent of modern day work schedules and life stresses. We’re excited to be able to offer a real breakthrough to help those who can not ‘shut off’ their minds and fall asleep.”

2breathe was recently introduced to the Japanese market by Teijin, Japan’s largest sleep provider and is now available to consumers for $179.95 directly at www.2breathe.com.

Via: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2breathe-unveils-first-smart-device-to-induce-sleep-300265446.html

This brings new meaning to being snug and tight in your bed. The only major downside might be to those who sleep on their stomachs. Having the buckle right under your ribs and crushed under your body weight may have some impact on how the product works. If you otherwise suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia, this relatively natural way to fall asleep without the use of medication might be just what you need. It’s interesting that it induces sleep and one can’t help but wonder the effect it may have on those who snore. For bedroom technology this is definitely something to keep an eye one.

Love New Gadgets? Check This Out!

We’re at a pretty exciting time in terms of technology. The evolution of what can and cannot be technologically advanced is speeding up and we’re seeing new gadgets come out in areas we might not have thought they would belong in before. For those of us who snore, having new ways to combat an age-old problem is a great way to feel as though something is actually being done about the snoring issue. Snoring can happen to anyone and doesn’t discriminate. Young and old, male or female, people can and will snore.

With this progression of technology creeping into other parts of our lives, there is a welcome addition to the game:

Some of us have a real problem with snoring. Yeah, there’s no end of home remedies to try, including the very scientific method of attaching a tennis ball to your back. But this wearable may be a more elegant solution.

The Anti-Snore Wearable – no messing around on the name – is an armband that detects when you’re snoring and emits a vibration to get you to turn over. Most people snore when sleeping on their back, so the aim is to get you to move without waking you up.

The mic isn’t in the band itself but in your smartphone, which will need to be nearby running the companion iOS/Android app. The creators say it can discern between snoring and other outside noises, which is obviously going to be a make-or-break feature of something like this.

Furthermore, it’s designed to work without waking you up and will only buzz when it thinks you’re in “light sleep”. Again, sounds great if it actually works.

The app will also keep a record of you snoring habits, helping you identify what the cause of your noisy sleeping might be (hint: it could very well be alcohol).

Via: http://www.wareable.com/health-and-wellbeing/anti-snore-wearable-release-date-price-features-3497

The Anti-Snore Wearable is available for people to fund on Kickstarter. It seems like they want to start shipping them in June of 2017 which means you’d only have a few months to wait before you’d be able to get your hot little hands on one. Meanwhile, why not check this amazing mouthpiece out?

When you look at it, it seems like a nice thin armband that won’t feel uncomfortable. You may run into an issue if you’ve been trying to keep your smartphone out of your bedroom. That becomes impossible with this device as it will need to be linked to your phone in order to work properly. The upside is that it just needs to be within your Bluetooth and microphone range so you don’t necessarily have to have it right at at your bedside if you find your phone distracting. You may not get the results you want if it’s too far away, however.

This device, provided it will work the way it says, will be a nice change from your partner trying to rouse you enough to have you roll over. We all know that this attempt usually ends with the partner fully awakening the snoring one and then no one is getting a good night’s sleep. Bad sleep=bad day so let’s keep an eye on this one!

How Smart Is Your Bed?

Snoring is one of those issues that plagues more people than you probably realize. In fact, you may snore yourself and just not know it! If you sleep alone you probably are in the dark on any potential snoring issues. When there’s no one there to stab you in the side because you’re keeping them awake, it’s hard to see you have an issue. There are several causes, and treatments, for snoring. Some of the major causes are being overweight, smoking or drinking heavily before bed, stress and plain old muscle relaxation. You can exercise, scale back on bad habits and do yoga to reduce your stress but it’s a bit hard to combat muscles relaxing. Unless you have super control of your muscles. Then that’s a different story.

When your muscles relax too much your tongue will fall to the back of your throat and the muscles will loosen. This vibration on loose flesh is what causes the sound we’re all to familiar with. Various mouthpieces designed to either push your jaw forward to increase airflow (like: http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet) or hold your tongue in place ((like: http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution)can assist with this issue.

But what else can you do?

As our houses get smarter and smarter technology is slowly creeping into the bedroom:

After a full day of meetings at CES 2017, I noticed a few trends that could bubble up beyond some of the bigger ones that get a lot of the media’s attention. Roaming around a large hotel ballroom (The Mirage Events Center, actually) during the Pepcom Digital Experience event, I noticed a LOT of individual products, but some of them have coalesced into themes to watch during the year.

Technology hits the bedroom

Humans spend about 1/3 of their life sleeping or trying to sleep, so it’s been interesting to see that products are finally addressing our needs for a better night’s sleep. Companies and products like Smart Nora, the Zeeq Smart Pillow and Sleepace all have different approaches towards alleviating the annoyance of someone snoring (alleviating for the partner, since it probably doesn’t bother you if you’re the snorer). Different approaches are used by some of the products – the Nora device, for example, uses a small device that raises the pillow slightly to get you to move when snoring is detected through its sound sensor. The Zeeq includes speakers (which let you play music to help you get to sleep) that can activate when it detects snoring.

The big company in this space is Sleep Number Bed, which was at the event showing off its new Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed. The entire mattress system includes the anti-snoring approach (the bed adjusts the position when snoring is detected), but also includes a warming feature, biometric sensors and other health data abilities to help customers get their 40 winks in an easier manner.

Via: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3155005/consumer-electronics/ces-2017-early-trends-and-thoughts.html

A bevvy of cold-footed humans are very excited about the warming feature but for snorers, to have a bed that will automatically tilt you to help stop snoring is a great idea. If your bed does it for you there’s no need to stab  your partner in the ribs or be concerned that your snoring is shaking the windows and you don’t know it.

While some people might be hesitant to have technology in their beds, others will see it as progressive. There’s no denying that these are all fantastic ideas, but they are going to cost you a pretty penny. Before you get too wrapped up in the idea of buying a smart bed, maybe you should start saving your nickels and dimes. While it might take you a while to save for it, it’ll be that much sweeter when you can afford it.