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Flippin’ Nora! A pillow to stop snorers

Smart Nora, £215 

The other night, my five-year-old asked if he could sleep next to me as he’d had some trouble with the ghosts downstairs.

But 30 minutes later, he announced that he could no longer put up with my snoring and was going back down to take his chances with the undead.

It was (so to speak) a wake-up call. Of course, technology has an answer: a ‘smart’ pillow, which promises to silence even the most stubborn snorers.

There’s a mouse-shaped ‘pebble’ sensor that is activated by your snoring. You can adjust the sensitivity

The Smart Nora is certainly an imposing device: a furry box that looks like a car battery, with a tube that goes into an inflatable insert, which you place inside your pillowcase. When you snore, air is pumped into the insert (with a faint ‘moo’ sound), which then moves your head.

As I installed the various bits, my wife looked at me like I’d finally cracked.

There’s also a mouse-shaped ‘pebble’ sensor that is activated by your snoring. You can adjust the sensitivity so that it either waits for you to snore like a band saw or inflates your pillow every time you twitch. The end result is like being prodded awake – and the Nora has no mercy. It definitely works.

Over the past week, my nights have been peppered with moments where I’ve been jolted awake, but most of the time I find my head simply slips off the pillow after a while. Also, my wife kept laughing.

At present, there’s no app (one is due shortly), which is a pity. Perhaps if I’d been ‘shamed’ by having to listen to my pig-like snorts I would make the effort to keep my head on the thing.

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