AIIMS Bhopal to Develop Sleep Device 'Hope' for Early Detection of Health Issues

The device, first of its kind in the country, will be exclusively for medical purposes and is expected to be ready in two years.
AIIMS Bhopal to Develop Sleep Device 'Hope' for Early Detection of Health Issues

Bhopal- The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhopal is set to develop a ground breaking sleep device designed to detect diseases while individuals sleep. This innovative device will monitor bodily functions during the night, enabling the identification of potential health issues such as snoring, sleep deprivation, and persistent fatigue – common symptoms of sleep apnea.

AIIMS Bhopal's 'Hope' device, the first of its kind in the country, will be exclusively for medical purposes. The device is expected to be completed in two years, providing an efficient means of detecting sleep apnea, a condition that often goes unnoticed until it significantly impacts the patient's physical and mental well-being. Recognizing sleep apnea early can help prevent associated risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart-related diseases.

While speaking with The Mooknayak, Dr. Abhishek Goyal, a Pulmonologist at AIIMS Bhopal, highlighted that 'Sleep Apnea' is a sleep-related disorder detectable primarily through sleep patterns. To address this, AIIMS Bhopal is developing a unique two-wire device that can be worn on the hand. The device, named Home Poly Sonography ‘Hope,’ aims to analyze a person's sleep pattern and assess the quality of sleep. Dr. Goyal explained that although similar devices already exist, their project focuses on creating an innovative solution. The initiative is in its initial stages, having received approval, and the team anticipates approximately two years for the device to be completed.

The AIIMS team developing the 'Hope' device has described it as a watch-like device designed to be worn while sleeping. Recognizing that individuals may not be aware of their snoring or sleep interruptions during the night, the device aims to record the user's sleeping pattern. It will monitor various parameters, including heart rate, body movement, and the adequacy of oxygen reaching the brain. By closely recording these metrics, the device intends to identify and address sleep-related issues.

AIIMS Bhopal conducted research on sleep apnea, involving 1080 patients. The findings revealed that 66 percent of those with sleep apnea also experienced high blood pressure. The research further indicated that individuals above the age of 50 are more prone to this condition, leading to a variation of 2 hours less or more in their sleep duration compared to the average person.

Ten percent of children aged 5 to 10 years are facing the issue of snoring during sleep, which often results in disrupted sleep patterns. Children with this problem may wake up frequently during the night, impacting their overall sleep quality. This can lead to a lack of interest in studying and heightened hyperactivity. Additionally, approximately 20 percent of young individuals aged 18 to 40 years are susceptible to sleep apnea. The symptoms of this condition include variations in sleep duration, ranging from excessive sleepiness to insufficient sleep.

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