Snoring is not a healthy sign. You can use certain tools and gadgets to mask it but remember, snoring can be due to hidden sleep apnea or any other blockage in the respiratory system. Masking the symptom can only lead to further complication such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Thankfully, modern technology in the form of a mobile app holds the promise to detect and monitor this health disorder and helps seek proper medical advice. The app, called SARA, records and evaluates snores to tell an individual’s risk to sleep apnea. The sleep test in a lab can vary from `7,000 to `40,000; by means of this app, a person can at least get a preliminary test done at home for free. More of it later, first a look at this health disorder.
Basically, you snore when the flow of air from your mouth or nose to your lungs makes the tissues of the airway vibrate. This is caused by a blockage (obstruction) or narrowing in the nose, mouth, or throat (airway). Snoring may lead to sleep apnea and if untreated, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These breathing pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur upto hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. Put simply, you spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be energetic, mentally sharp, and productive the next day.
This chronic sleep deprivation results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration, and an increased risk of accidents. Sleep apnea can also lead to serious health problems over time, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and weight gain. But with treatment you can control the symptoms and get your sleep back on track.
The SARA (Sleep Apnea Risk Assessment) app, introduced by a connected healthtech firm called ResMed India, uses the latest in sleep technology to analyse your snore and help you better understand your sleep and risk of sleep apnea. To get started, just answer a few questions about you and your sleep. Then record a session overnight. SARA uses an advanced snore measurement algorithm to provide you with an evaluation of your sleeping patterns and symptoms. In the morning, you’ll receive your analysed risk of sleep apnea along with sleep statistics and a 3-minute recording of your snore. Easily track and share your results or find out more about sleep apnea and its treatment.
The SARA app, available on iOS and Android, is simple to use and no setup is required. Simply place your smartphone near your bed, press the button on screen to begin recording your sleep. In the morning, stop the recording using the red button. Through this app, you can review your personal sleep statistics, listen to a recording of your snore, track your sleep and snore over multiple nights, etc.
This app is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. For those affected by this disorder, consult your physician to obtain a diagnosis, or if your symptoms persist, worsen, or change unexpectedly.