The stop-snoring industry is a spooky place full of nasal clips, chin straps, and mouth guards. With the Time to Stop Snoring Wristband, the guys in the lab coats have escalated their war on snoring by bringing electrical shock therapy into the equation. The Wristband, a $50 gizmo that you wear on your wrist while sleeping, is equipped with a tiny microphone that detects snoring and sends a tiny shock to your wrist to “gently nudge” you into a different position.
Does it work? With the help of my wife, who tells me she is surprised the neighbors can’t hear me snore, I set out to find out. Night No.1 using the Wristband gave me a second sleep disorder – insomnia. I spent a good portion of the night staring at the ceiling afraid to fall asleep for fear of electrical shock. Alas, I did fall asleep, and apparently soon began snoring. With the device set to “high” it felt like a small animal was biting me in the night. So I adjusted it to a much lower voltage so that the shock felt only mildly discomforting.
After several nights of nervous coexistence with the Time to Stop Snoring Wristband, I’ve concluded that it doesn’t stop me from snoring; rather, according to my wife, it just reduces the duration of my snoring periods while I sleep. It also doesn’t stop my wife from nudging me to stop snoring. There’s a high creep-out factor to using the Wristband, too: The pitch in SkyMall says that the product will help you “train yourself to stop snoring”–but all it really does is apply an electric shock to a bad behavior. You know, like the way you use a shock collar to train a dog.