Mouthguards, sleep masks or back cushions – people who snore are promised relief with a wide range of products. However, some anti-snoring aids adversely affect the quality of sleep considerably. This is the reason why Heimtextil exhibitors Auping want to reduce snoring decibels using smart technology, with as few side effects as possible.
According to research, all kinds of snoring noise levels are represented in the bedrooms of this world: the noise level ranges from whispering (25 decibels), to a television at room volume (55 decibels), to a motorised lawnmower (85 decibels). Whereas a whispering snore may be bearable (or even quite sweet), most people agree that those who snore as loudly as a motorised lawn trimmer significantly disturb their own night’s sleep and that of their co-sleeper.
But it’s not just the bed partner who suffers from the sawing sound – it’s first and foremost the person concerned: “Snoring has a great influence on everyday life – people who snore a lot are not properly rested when they start the day”, says Anna Havermann, marketing manager at Auping. This is corroborated by a long-term study of 2000 participants, conducted by the Israeli Ben-Gurion University and published in 2016, which states that the louder someone snores, the more exhausted they are during the day. According to the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schlafforschung und Schlafmedizin – DGSM), around 20 to 46 per cent of all middle-aged and elderly men snore; in the case of women, up to 25 per cent are affected.
Say no to snoring with an app
There’s a whole host of products now that promise relief, including oils and sprays for the throat, nose clips and dilators, sleep masks and mouthguards, and even strap-on cushions that are supposed to stop you lying on your back, because that’s a particularly good position for snoring. “The problem, though, is that many of these products actually affect the quality of sleep”, Havermann explains. “So our aim was to develop a hardly noticeable anti-snoring solution that doesn’t interfere with sleep.”
So the software and product specialist at Auping have developed an app that can be connected to the company’s motorised bed bases. The principle is that the app measures the decibel level of the subject’s snoring; if this reaches a critical level, which can be set in advance, the digital assistant sends a signal to the bed to raise the back section slightly, in order to open up the airways, or to move the whole mattress for a short time to make the sleeper change position. “The snorers don’t notice any of this, they simply carry on sleeping in a relaxed way – and it’s the same with their sleeping partners”, marketing professional Havermann affirms. She goes on to say that, with the combination of spring suspension and intelligent technology, they have created Europe’s first “smart bed base”, which gently helps people who snore.
Auping will present their new products in ‘Sleep! The Future Forum’ at Heimtextil, in the foyer of Hall 11.0.