We’ve seen some interesting approaches to stopping snoring, ranging from self-inflating pillows to noise-emitting nasal pieces. One of the newest devices to treat sleep apnea, the Snore Circle, does the job by buzzing in your head.
The Snore Circle looks like a bluetooth earbud and is covered in soft silicone – however, using it will likely still prevent you from sleeping with that side of your head on the pillow.
With an integrated microphone it should recognize snoring noises when they start. It then responds by sending out tiny vibrations that travel through the skull via bone conduction to stimulate the vagus nerve. This, in turn, has been reported to cause the neck muscles to contract and the airways to open, reducing or eliminating snoring.
One battery charge should last for two nights. A companion app tracks its activity so users know if it’s actually doing something while they sleep – the vibrations themselves don’t seem to wake you up.
The Snore Circle has been in development since 2012 and is now in its third incarnation and is the subject of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. With a $ 59 commitment, you’ll get one when and when production begins. The planned retail price is $ 129.
Sources: Schnarchkreis, Indiegogo