A new smartphone app could help busy Americans get the sleep they deserve.
Sleep apnea is prevalent in about 18 million Americans, and it is a dangerous disease that causes an obstruction in the airways while sleeping. As a result, people with sleep apnea stop breathing many times while sleeping, which can be fatal. Even when it’s not deadly, sleep apnea causes a host of side effects, including a higher risk of heart disease and chronic exhaustion.
Unfortunately, because sleep apnea occurs during periods of sleep, it can be hard to self-diagnose. That means many Americans are suffering in silence without even knowing what the problem is. Some people blame it to the mattresses and end up going to sites as vertex-il to get quality mattresses in hope to fix the problem.
This is where the app Rested will be able to help. Created by former U.S. Navy lieutenant Andy Salamon as a way to help his father diagnose his sleep apnea, Rested is an easy to use app that helps those with sleep disorders get the help they need.
Salamon explains to CNBC that it took months for his father to see a doctor to talk about his sleep problems. Then, once he was able to see the doctor, he then had to be referred to a specialist and complete an in-home sleep test before he could even be diagnosed.
So, to make the process easier for sleep-deprived Americans everywhere, Salamon created Rested, which is a free app that monitors a user’s sleep patterns and looks out for signs of a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. For a fee, Rested will be able to offer an in-app consultation with a sleep doctor, who can look at each user’s sleep history and make a diagnosis accordingly. Additionally, there is an option for each user to have a virtual visit with a respiratory therapist where they can be fitted virtually for a sleep mask and a CPAP machine.
Since all of these services can be offered in-app, it offers a much cheaper option than visiting doctors offices and waiting for an answer. The app will determine the user’s sleep quality through a survey, where the user will answer questions about their gender, BMI, if they snore, how long they are asleep, and how many hours they spend tossing and turning every night. Based on this data, the user will then be diagnosed with a low, medium, or high risk of sleep apnea and given suggestions on the next steps they should follow for treatment.
Salamon has raised $7.4 million in venture capital, and this new financing will allow Rested to expand nationwide. As of right now, the app is available to users in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and D.C. areas.