Obstructive sleep apnea is quite common and is associated with a slew of serious health issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A proper diagnosis of the same is challenging as the gold-standard test is complicated and needs specialised staff to interpret accurate results. This is where Sunrise, a Belgian tech startup comes to play.
At-home sleep apnea test
Sunrise has developed an at-home sleep apnea test, which relies on a small wearable device. This device comprises of a small sensor weighing 3 grams, which the user can attach to their chin while they are all set to go to sleep. The sensor will use Artificial Intelligence to record movements of the jaw, which correlate to sleep events.
Recently, Sunrise launched the smart sensor in the UK starting from £49. On measuring the movements in the chin, the company lets everyone take up a clinical test from the comfort of their home in a natural sleeping environment, thereby eliminating individuals from sleeping in a hospital bed amidst endless wires and equipment.
Continues to grow and expand
Founded by Laurent Martinot and Pierre Martinot in 2015, Sunrise already launched its services in France and Belgium. So far, the company has served nearly 10,000 consumers successfully and has helped them realise their desire for a good night’s sleep. Additionally, the company continues to expand its list of partnered physicians as it intends to become a national facilitator between physicians and patients.
Laurent Martinot, CEO and co-founder of Sunrise, said: “We are excited to launch into the UK, which is known for its early adoption of innovative and industry-leading medtech solutions. Sleep apnoea is a major health issue today with studies having concluded sleep-disordered breathing concerns affect 49% of men and 23% of women aged 40 and above. The problem is that the condition remains 80% undiagnosed³ and untreated sleep apnoea is linked with serious health problems such as hypertension, heart failure, stroke or diabetes.”
He added, “Our overarching mission is to help everyone understand that breathing is at the heart of good night’s sleep. We believe sleep should not be a source of anxiety and getting a simple test can bring about more understanding of the quality of sleep.”