Nose Snoring Throat — 15 November 2011
Can a Japanese Robot Bear Help People Stop Snoring?

People will try nearly anything to help stop snoring. Sleep strips. Special pillows. Anti-snoring sprays. Not to mention sleeping on our sides or sleeping alone.

Leave it to Japanese inventors to invent a robot that helps people stop snoring.

Even better, the robot is actually a pillow that is disguised as a bear. A polar bear to be precise (click the image to see the bear pillow in its full glory).

Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up.

This high-tech robot / polar-bear / anti-snoring device debuted at the International Robot Exhibition in Toyko, Japan. The inventor, Dr. Kabe from Wasaeda University in Japan, invented the device to help sleep apnea suffers. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that deserves serious attention since apnea sufferers stop breathing while sleeping.

Read: How the ENT Center Treats Sleep Apnea

But back to the robot. Its name is Jukusui-kun in Japanese or “Deep Sleep” in English and the robot uses built-in microphones to monitor snoring volume. The sleeper/snorer also wears a sleeve that monitors blood and oxygen levels by assessing the user’s pulse rate. Now here’s the best part: if the snoring gets too loud or oxygen levels decrease too low, the robot bear leans over and tickles the snorer’s face, which should, ideally, cause the snorer to turn to the side and, you guessed it, stop snoring.

Watch video of the Snoring Robot in Action

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The robot bear is cute. It’s cuddly. And it allegedly helps you stop snoring but it’s not yet available in stores.

Frankly, we’re not buying it (the bear or the tickling therapy).

That’s because we know that when you’re ready to stop snoring, it makes the most sense to explore a more traditional route that starts by contacting an ENT doctor like our team at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center in Salt Lake City. We regularly help our patients overcome snoring through traditional treatments and the pillar procedure surgery. We can also help diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

Our methods may not be as cute as a robot. But they work. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to learn more.

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Read: How the ENT Center Treats Snoring

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