The anti-snoring bed - a pilot study

Elisabeth Wilhelm*, Francesco Crivelli, Nicolas Gerig, Malcolm Kohler, Robert Riener

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Abstract

Purpose
Avoiding supine position can reduce snoring in most habitual snorers. However, devices that restrict the sleeping position cause discomfort or disrupt sleep resulting in low compliance. Therefore, mechanisms, which lift the trunk of the user without disturbing sleep, have been proposed. We present the first study, which investigates whether individual interventions provided by beds with lifting mechanisms are able to stop snoring (success rate) and whether they reduce the snoring index (number of total snores divided by total time in bed) using a repeated measures design. In addition, we investigated whether the intervention is interfering with the subjective sleep quality.

Methods
Twenty-two subjects were observed for four nights (adaptation, baseline, and two intervention nights). During intervention nights, the bed lifted the trunk of the user in closed-loop manner. Subjects were divided in three groups (non-snorer, snorer one, and snorer two). Non-snorers were lifted by the bed at random time points during the night. In group snorer one, a stepwise increase of the bed inclination was compared with going directly to a randomly selected angle. In group snorer two, the influence of a small inclination angle (10 ∘) and a big inclination angle (20 ∘) was compared.

Results
Snoring was stopped successfully in 22% (small angle) and 67% (big angle) of the interventions. This did not lead to a significant reduction in the snoring index. The subjective sleep quality was not reduced by the intervention.

Conclusion
The anti-snoring bed is able to stop individual episodes of habitual snoring without reducing the subjective sleep quality.
Original languageEnglish
Article number14
Number of pages8
JournalSleep Science Practice
Volume4
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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