We’ve seen some interesting approaches to stopping snoring, ranging from self-inflating pillows to noise-emitting nosepieces. One of the newest devices to take care of sleep apnea, called the Snore Circle, does the job by buzzing in your head.
The Snore Circle looks like a Bluetooth headset and is covered in soft silicone. That said, using it will probably still prevent sleeping with that side of the head on the pillow.
Using a built-in microphone, it is supposed to recognize snoring sounds when they start. It then responds by emitting tiny vibrations that travel through the skull via bone conduction, to stimulate the vagus nerve. This, in turn, would have the effect of tightening the throat muscles and opening up the airways, thus reducing or eliminating snoring.
One charge of its battery should be enough for two nights of use. An accompanying app keeps track of its activity, so users know if it’s actually doing anything while they sleep – the vibrations themselves apparently don’t wake you up.
In development since 2012, the Snore Circle is now in its third incarnation, and is the subject of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. A $59 pledge will get you one, when and if production begins. The expected retail price is $129.
Sources: Snore Circle, Indiegogo