Sleeping easy

The innovation that has tamed one man's snoring

The essence of a great innovation is to ensure that it is meaningful, that it addresses the needs of consumers and allows them to take control of their own lives. Which is precisely what this film concerning in-home healthcare is all about — how one man's intolerable snoring was putting strain on his family life but, more importantly, the snoring was damaging his own health too. 

Too many people easily dismiss snoring. But there is no doubting that snoring can cause extreme health problems — obstructive sleep apnoea for instance, a worrying condition which 4 in every 100 Chinese people suffer from, or problems such as nocturnal hypoxia, which is an extreme breathing condition caused by blocked nasal tracts. And these in turn can lead to heart and blood pressure problems.

Innovation comes from listening to what a patient or consumer really needs".


Chen Rosa

Senior Director, HHS BU Philips Healthcare

Chen Qiang decided to take action over his extreme snoring when tiredness began to affect his daily life and this film shows how his use of Philips’ digitally-connected BiPAP autoSV advanced sleep monitor has changed his life. By wearing a special respiratory mask in bed, he can control its use. As he sleeps, data is fed to his clinician through an internet connection, so that snoring and sleep patterns can be monitored. It’s an example of how healthcare innovation can be personal, relevant and impactful.
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of Chinese people have trouble sleeping at night.


Citation: Philips Index for Health and Wellbeing; a global perspective, 2010

How many US adults have sleep disorders or wakefulness issues?

50–70 million adults. Notably, snoring can be an indicator of obstructive sleep apnoea. Citation: Centres for Disease Control & Prevention

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