Illuminating the Issue
A good night’s sleep. It is the cure for so much of what ails us. Feel a cold coming on? A good night’s sleep will help you fight it off! Feeling a bit sluggish in that Monday morning meeting? A good night’s sleep will help you be more alert so you can wow your boss at the next meeting! Unfortunately, for many of us, achieving that good night’s sleep is not as easy as it sounds.
According to the National Sleep Foundation more than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. The disorder causes the sufferer to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases the apnea sufferer is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don’t trigger a full awakening, though they do trigger grogginess the next day!
While sleep apnea can have many causes, there are limited treatment options for the average sufferer. Among the treatments that are available,the CPAP is the most common and effective. CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, uses a machine consisting of a device with a reservoir, tubing and a mask, to gently blow air into the airway to help keep it open during sleep.
As most sleep apnea sufferers will tell you, while the CPAP is an effective treatment, it is not the most comfortable, attractive or travel friendly!
What’s Your Bright Idea?
Edison Nation Medical is searching for innovations to improve the user’s CPAP experience.
Do you have an idea to increase the longevity of the mask? A way to make the mask more adaptable, more attractive, more comfortable or even less intrusive? What about a way to make the tubing shrinkable or the reservoir more compact for travel? Or perhaps an idea on how to add a remote power supply to the machine?
We are searching for ideas that answer these questions and more. Submit your idea for CPAP innovations today to make a difference in the lives of millions.
We ask for well-communicated ideas. This includes filling out our easy-to-use submission form to the best of your ability. Upload images, sketches and any other media that supports your idea. Tell us your story. We even encourage you to create a video demonstration. Don’t worry. We aren’t expecting you to break out your inner Spielberg. Please keep videos to less than two minutes.
As always, your submission should be unique and protectable (we love to see patented ideas but that isn’t required). Each idea costs just $25 ($20 for Edison Nation Medical Insiders) to submit.