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Our guest today, Laurent Martinot, explains how Sunrise was founded to reduce the challenges associated with diagnosing sleep apnoea.. Inspired by their father, a physician with a special interest in sleep medicine, Laurent and his brother Pierre leveraged AI and other technologies to create a simple at-home test that generates a detailed clinical report without the need for expensive and onerous overnight observation.
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Why Laurent and Pierre decided to focus on sleep apnoea:
- Up to 1 billion people worldwide are affected worldwide.
- 80% of sufferers go undiagnosed.
- AI and other tools were ripe for application.
“I think many people complain about fatigue and there’s a very good chance that they are suffering from a silent disease that is hard to identify without clinical testing.”
How the Sunrise process works:
“Making things as easy as possible was at the center of what we tried to develop.”
Barriers that make patients resistant to sleep apnoea testing in a clinical setting:
- Fear of the hospital environment and overnight stay.
- Discomfort with all the sensors and equipment.
- Software’s evolution.
- Making the interface accessible even to those who aren’t digital natives.
“It looks simple from the outside, but inside there is a lot of science.”
How sensor and AI combine to analyse sleep:
- Based on micro mandibular (jaw) movements.
- The number of micro-awakenings and breathing effort.
- The stages of sleep.
- The exact sleeping time.
- Sunrise is a certified medical device.
- Reduces cost and inconvenience of clinical study.
- Device reusability.
“We remain very busy validating the instruments in different environments.”
Once Daily Article: https://oncedaily.co/an-at-home-sleep-apnoea-diagnostic-device/