This one’s for all of you sleepless spouses out there!
If your partner’s snoring is grinding on your nerves, you’re not alone. It’s actually the third most common cause of divorce.
Don’t hire that lawyer just yet, though. German scientists might have stumbled on the solution.
It’s called a Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation System, which is sort of a pacemaker for the tongue. Originally designed to prevent sleep apnea, the scientists discovered that the device can also “cure” snoring, as well.
As Dr. Thomas Penzel who helped design it, says, “It also cures snoring, but primarily it is dedicated for sleep apnea. When sleep apnea is cured, snoring [also] disappears, so this is a very good side effect of this therapeutic device.”
It’s not the most ideal solution, mind you. The process involves surgically implanting the device (about the size of a pack of cigarettes) in the body. And since the battery lasts only five years, it would require further surgeries down the road to replace it.
Either way, it could be worth the trouble if your marriage is on the rocks.
Like Reuters’ Joel Flynn says, “If the device gets approval from authorities in Germany and the U.S., snorers and their partners may get some relief for themselves and breathing space for their relationships.”