Solving the snore

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We’ve all had an encounter or two with those that have what can only be described as, ‘epic snoring skills’. Those that can routinely snore, at volume, for hours at a time. Whether it is a delicate nasal hum or the full-on guttural burble that hurts a normal person’s throat when doing an impression, trying to sleep in the same room, or even adjacent rooms, with a snorer can be near impossible.

Whether it is a partner, a shared room on a business trip, a long-haul flight or perhaps a hostel on some exotic travels, the disappointment as the rumble of a snore begins can be soul destroying. And just when you think it’s finally stopped, a sharp inward snort signals the next round.

While earplugs or listening to music can work for some, it is a case of treating the symptoms, rather than finding a cure.

The Challenge

The challenge this month is to therefore come up with some method of stopping ‘epic snorers’ from giving themselves, and those around, hearing problems by relieving their snoring altogether.

Most snoring is caused by a blockage of the airways. While this sometimes requires surgery, in most causes it can be achieved by positioning the body, in particular the head and neck, in a certain way to keep the airways as wide open as possible.

And while sprays or pharmaceuticals are available, we are looking for a more mechanical solution to hold the head in place. But remember, it must be comfortable, so ergonomic design and material selection is paramount.


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Coffee Time Challenge is just a bit of fun, but it is based on a real engineering solution. If you send in your ideas by using the comment button below, we can add your solution as an alternative – perhaps something funny, practical, cheap or, of course, innovative.

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