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A new home laboratory test designed to diagnose sleep apnoea and associated disorders has launched in the UK.

Sunrise, which is a certified medical smart sensor that sits on the user’s chin, was developed in collaboration with institutions such as the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and a £4.8M investment.

The user places the device securely on the chin before heading to sleep. The sensor records data collected whilst the user is asleep to generate a report shared the next day that highlights possible sleep apnoea or other sleep conditions through the partnering Sunrise app.

Users are then offered the choice to connect with sleep physicians and receive treatment when needed.

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% undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnoea is linked with serious health problems such as hypertension, heart failure, stroke or diabetes.

“Additionally, patients suffering from sleep apnoea also appear to be more at risk if they contract COVID-19. As a result of the pandemic, many sleep labs have largely slowed down, and we are working with sleep physicians in order to make the steps to getting treatment quick, easy and affordable without compromising the quality of the results.

“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.”

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