Research at UVA Aims to Improve Treatment of Sleep Apnea
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Frequent snoring can lead to more serious problems, but professors at the University of Virginia may have found the cure to those sleepless nights.
Haibo Dong started researching snoring and sleep apnea two years ago. He and two graduate students are using CT scans and MRIs to take images of the way the mouth and nose move when a person snores.
If Dong and his colleagues can understand the sound and vibration behind snoring they say they could predict and eventually control it.
Snoring may sometimes not be a medical problem, but definitely it is unusual, so you're going to bother many people around you. So to improve the quality of life in the future I think this kind of research is very very important," Dong said.
Dong is working on possible surgical procedures, as well as two noninvasive treatments. One is a device that would monitor breathing and prevent snoring. The other is a smart bed that adjusts a person's bed when it senses vibrations that cause snoring are about to occur.