Polar bear robot helps people stop snoring

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

Get Real Snoring Treatment from the Ear, Nose and Throat Center

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.

Read: The Facts about Snoring

Read: How the ENT Center Treats Snoring

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Pillar Procedure Helps People Stop Snoring

No one likes a snorer. Whether you’re the person who snores or the person who shares a bed or even a room with a snorer, chronic snoring is tough on everyone.

Snoring is a common problem. In fact, more than 37 million Americans are chronic snorers.

Read the facts about snoring

Utah’s dry climate can contribute to snoring. Many people in Salt Lake City use humidifiers in their rooms to moisten the air and try to stop snoring. But for some people, these simple remedies just don’t work.

You’ve tried humidifiers.

You’ve tried over-the-counter stop-snoring treatments like Breathe Right strips.

You’ve tried to sleep on your side or change your sleeping position.

Still you’re wondering how to stop snoring.

The good news is that a surgery exists that can help you stop snoring (or at least dramatically reduce how often you snore and the intensity of your snoring).

It’s called the Pillar Procedure and many of our patients in Salt Lake City and Draper have already realized the benefits of this simple procedure that boasts an 80-percent success rate in helping people stop snoring.

Benefits of Pillar Procedure

The Pillar Procedure works well for most patients and our Utah Ear, Nose and Throat doctors specialize in helping Utah snorers stop snoring. The outpatient Pillar Procedure surgery can be performed in 20 minutes under local anesthesia in your doctor’s office. The doctor will implant three small polyester rods into the soft palate. Over time, the implants help support and stiffen the soft palate. The result is that the supportive rods or implants reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring. They can also help with elimination of obstructive sleep apnea.

Learn more about the Pillar Procedure

Learn about how the ENT Center diagnoses sleep apnea

Watch a Video that Explains the Pillar Procedure

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Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center for Snoring Treatments

The physicians at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center can perform the Pillar Procedure and help you stop snoring. The Pillar Procedure is effective and most snorers realize:

  • Decrease in intensity of snoring (that allows everyone to breather easier and sleep deeper)
  • Less daytime sleepiness and drowsiness
  • Happier and more rested sleeping partners

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to set your appointment and learn more about the Pillar Procedure, snoring and sleep apnea.