If you snore—or worse yet, sleep beside someone who does—you’ve likely tried everything to get rid of those disruptive nightly sounds. A quarter of all adults snore regularly when they sleep, and although sometimes it’s just harmless noise, for others, it’s a symptom of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder where airflow is obstructed and breathing repeatedly stops and starts.
Currently, people with sleep apnea can use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which keeps a steady stream of air flowing into a patient’s breathing tubes to prevent collapsing. But this requires patients to put on a mask before bed, which most people aren’t too keen on doing.
But there’s good news: There’s a new invention called the Airing which can help combat both sleep apnea and snoring in general in a much more comfortable way. Like other devices, it sends air into the breathing tubes to prevent collapse, which can also help with snoring.
Instead of going through a huge mask, this air goes through two nose buds made of silicon rubber, which forms a seal inside the nose to both maintain air pressure and ensure the device stays in place during sleep. The air is produced by tiny micro-blower plates that use electrostatic force. Airing also runs on zinc-air batteries, so there are no cords needed, but it’s not rechargeable, so it can only be used once for an eight-hour run.
Sadly, the device is not available for purchase yet, although it has received over $1 million of funding on Indie Go Go. Airing is expected to retail at about $3, and a prototype should be ready soon.