I am being one-hundred percent honest when I say that my biggest pet-peeve in this world is hearing people snore. When I hear snoring I just get irritated. Right off the bat. It doesn’t matter if it’s quiet snoring, medium snoring, or “who’s cutting down a tree in my bedroom?” snoring. When I hear snoring I am put on edge. I can’t relax, I can’t sleep, and all I can think about is trying to figure out a way to get whoever it is to stop snoring. Permanently. When I was younger I even tried putting a clothespin on my brother’s noise, but the only effect that had was him waking up, throwing the clothespin across the room, and then starting to snore again.
The fact is a lot of people around the world snore while they sleep. Some snore because their nasal passages are blocked due to colds, etc., while others snore regularly due to a condition known as sleep apnea. Those who suffer from sleep apnea have a hard time breathing while they sleep, so they snore loudly, and they wake up several times during the night because of their labored breathing. It’s definitely no fun for those with the condition, and it’s not a picnic for those who sleep in the same room as them, either. While there are several methods of treatment for sleep apnea, the FDA has just approved the first kind of sleep apnea implant.
It’s known as the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy. While all of the details are not known, what is known is this: the device is surgically implanted into a person’s chest, and it will have leads that help to stimulate nerves which will ultimately help them to (theoretically) breathe better as they sleep. The implant would be powered on by a remote control.
If all goes according to plan, these implants should be available toward the end of 2014. It sounds like they’ll help a lot of people to get a good night’s sleep.
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