This Chinese anti-snoring device is getting smart for your sleep

It looks like a Bluetooth earphone, but in reality it is not. He’s a smart snoring aid which transmits beeps and vibrations into a snorer’s ear to stop snoring when it detects it.

The product is called Snore Circle made by VVFly, a tech startup based in Shenzhen, China. CEO Johnson Luo, who is also a snorer, said the device does not wake up the snorer, but irritates him enough to change position and stop snoring. The beeps and vibrations emitted by the device vary in 54 forms depending on the severity of the snoring.

The device does not wake people up, according to comments on VVFly’s online store on the Chinese online retailer

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. But user experiences vary widely.

“My wife said my snoring frequency is much lower now and she can finally get a good night’s sleep. I think I’ve found the right thing,” one customer praised .

“I just used it for two days. In general it feels good, at least the device itself is not complicated to handle,” another customer wrote.

“My wife told me that my snoring wasn’t so loud and annoying now, but I don’t feel very well. First, my ear hurts. Second, I feel like it has side effects on me – I feel a little dizzy and have to stay in a sleeping position all night because I don’t want to press the ear that the device is attached,” complained a customer. on the website.

Luo said that if worn improperly, the device can press on the ear when the user is lying on the same side.

Professor Li Taoping, director of the Respiration and Sleep Research Center at Guangzhou South Medical University, said snoring results from various causes, such as narrower air passages, being overweight or poor form, use of certain medications, heavy drinking or smoking, and sleeping in bad positions. As a result, different methods and tools have varying influence on different people. This is why Snore Circle users have such different experiences of the device.

Snoring aids aren’t new, although most of them are mouthpieces, CPAP (continuous positive pressure) devices, chin straps or nose strips. Snore Circle is the first ear device of its kind. It sells for around $39, much cheaper than CPAP machines ($500), but more expensive than mouthpieces ($14), chin straps ($10), and nose strips ($16).

Snore Circle is only available in mainland China and Hong Kong at the moment, but the company is looking to expand into overseas markets. About 35% of the Chinese population snores, according to Professor Li.

What’s also special about the Snore Circle is that it has Bluetooth which can send data to its mobile app, also of the same name, which can track and record sleep quality and snoring reduction.

Professor Li said no clinical tests had been carried out with chin straps, nose strips or snoring circles so far. The tools usually prescribed by doctors to treat snoring are mouthpieces and CPAP devices, which unfortunately often go hand in hand with invasive operations.