Your whole day can be ruined by missing out on a good night’s sleep. Your mood can be affected, you can find it hard to focus, and it can be nearly impossible to shake the sleepy feeling.
For those with obstructive sleep apnea this scenario can be an almost daily occurrence with other health concerns thrown into the mix.
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is the nightly use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. But for anyone who has seen a CPAP or used one, they can tell you the machine comes with its own frustrations.
Inventor and entrepreneur Stephen Marsh has created a device he thinks will eliminate the problems with traditional CPAP machines. Marsh calls his invention Airing, a hoseless, maskless, cordless micro-CPAP device.
A typical CPAP works by increasing the air pressure in your throat to keep your airway from collapsing, which is the cause of obstructive sleep apnea. To do this, a mask is fitted over your nose and sometimes mouth as well, then strapped tight around your head to create a seal. A hose then connects the mask to the machine so air can be blown in.
CPAP machines work but some people find them to be cumbersome and loud. According to Marsh 50% of CPAP users stop using their machine within a year of starting.
The Airing cordless CPAP is a decidedly different design from traditional CPAP machines. It’s a battery operated, one-time-use device that simply “plugs” into a user’s nose. Airing creates air pressure by using micro blowers, originally intended to regulate heat for chips in computers.
Marsh boasts over 75 patents and applications to his name in the fields of electronics, energy, healthcare and consumer products. With a resume like that it’s not a stretch for this serial inventor to set his sights on a CPAP solution.
To bring Airing to the market, Marsh has launched an Indiegogo campaign, raising more than $527,000 in just three days. If you are interested in investing in the Airing cordless CPAP, you can still contribute to the campaign.
But don’t expect to get your own supply anytime soon. The company still has to gain FDA approval and does not plan to ship until summer of 2017.
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