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Sunrise, an AI-powered wearable designed to detect sleep disorders, has been launched in the UK. The device is the result of a £4.8 million collaboration between the UK's National Heart and Lung Institute and Imperial College London.

Sunrise is designed as a quick, cost-effective way of diagnosing disorders such as sleep apnoea. With most sleep laboratories closed and the NHS under increased pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunrise offers a medically certified alternative to traditional sleep disorder diagnosis.

The device is securely placed on the user’s chin before they go to sleep and then records data during sleep that can be used to generate a comprehensive report on a partnering app that highlights possible sleep conditions. The app then offers users the option to connect with sleep physicians and receive treatment if necessary.

The device uses AI to record the data by measuring the user’s chin movements. Jaw movements are widely thought to indicate conditions such as sleep apnoea.

The product has already launched in France and Belgium, where it has reportedly successfully served close to 10,000 customers, and has now launched in the UK, where an estimated 1.5 million adults suffer from sleep apnoea.

Sunrise CEO and co-founder Laurent Martinot says: “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 per cent of men and 23 per cent of women aged 40 and above.”

“The problem is that the condition remains 80 per cent 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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