Non-invasive sleep apnea therapy
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by intermittent periods of disrupted breathing that cause people to wake up during sleep. Sleep apnea is a major comorbidity of cardiovascular disease, and a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation, among other conditions. Gold standard therapy uses airway pressure devices causing discomfort to patients as it requires wearing a mask all night. Funded by the European Innovation Council, the SUNRISE Tx project proposes the first truly non-invasive, affordable, and readily accessible treatment to sleep apnea. The SUNRISE Tx system is a wearable device involving no nasal obstruction and using personalized muscle stimulation to prevent airways from collapsing during sleep.