Screening for sleep apnea using artificial intelligence?

Many of us snore when we sleep. If most of the time this snoring is harmless and mainly disturbs our companion or companion at night, they can also be a sign of sleep apnea. These respiratory stops of 10 to 30 seconds lead to micro-awakenings which can have significant consequences on our health.particularly in terms of cardiovascular.

It is therefore important to analyze the number of respiratory arrests that take place during a night and how they can affect our sleep. As a general rule, patients must follow a heavy device for this kind of examination: they often spend the whole night in a sleep laboratory, covered with sensors.

In order to obtain preliminary results without going through the hospital box, a Belgian company has developed a small screening device based on artificial intelligence. How does it work ? Nothing’s easier : a small tab 2 cm long is simply affixed to your chin when you go to bed, in your own bed.

The electronic device inside will then record all the movements of your chin and transmit them to an artificial intelligence application installed on a smartphone.

Why the chin? Because sleep apnea has a direct action on the mandible, this bone located at the bottom of the face. In case of apnea, the muscles contract and make it move : these movements can be a sign of respiratory arrest.

In the morning, once all the data has been collected, the application will process it and determine whether or not you have apneas, and if so how many and how long during a night. It will then be possible to alert your doctor, who can decide if other more in-depth examinations or treatment are necessary.

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