If you’re often roused from slumber in the middle of the night by the sounds of a chainsaw ripping through timber, you’re not alone. You’ve tried earplugs. Nose strips. Sleeping on the couch. This sounds like a job for Smart Nora: a gadget that promises to detect and eliminate snoring silently and quickly.
Here’s how it works: A “pebble” (it looks just like a computer mouse) is placed on your nightstand, while the pillow insert goes inside your partner’s pillowcase. Tap the pebble before falling asleep to turn it on. Throughout the night, the pebble will detect the sound waves of sawing logs snoring, causing the insert to inflate and deflate as it gently repositions the user’s head. And the best part? Nora’s movements are gentle enough not to wake the snorer.
The science behind it: When you jostle a snorer, she typically stops for a few minutes, right? Snoring is caused by vibrations in the narrowed airways of the throat. So by slightly moving the person’s head, Nora stimulates the throat muscles and causes the airways to resume a natural breathing position—all without waking the sleeper.
I’m sold. How much? Nora will set you back $299 and comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and one-year warranty. But can you really put a price on a good night’s sleep? Didn’t think so.