A dummy's guide to stopping snoring
Scientists in Germany say they have developed a cure for snoring that has so far proved effective in 70 per cent of patients - a specially adapted baby’s dummy.
The team of specialists from the University of Göttingen have created a dummy that uses suction to keep a person’s tongue behind their teeth and at the bottom of the mouth while sleeping.
With the tongue immobilised, the sleeper’s palate cannot reverberate and the nocturnal noises associated with snoring are avoided. In most test cases carried out by the team, the device ensured that patients slept with their mouths closed.
‘We successfully cured seven out of ten patients of snoring with this treatment,’ exclaimed snoring expert Wilfried Engelke. Dr Engelke says that after a small amount of practice, subjects found the device very easy to use.
The specially adapted dummy certainly promises to help those trying to stop snoring, but according to Dr Engelke, there is another group of people that will draw an even bigger benefit from the device.
‘Nine out of ten snoring patients come to us at their partner’s request,’ he explained.