Indiana Patent of the Month – June 2022

There are many health conditions that result in the need for additional oxygen. Those who suffer from sleep apnea, asthma, COPD, heart conditions and more have been proven to get more restful and stable sleep when receiving supplemental oxygen. CPAP machines (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) are a common solution for these patients, providing oxygen concentrated air through a cannula in the nose. Ofcourse, if the patient breathes through their mouth, then this oxygen concentrated air won’t be inhaled. In addition to the discomfort of the nasal cannula, patients may toss and turn and block air flow unintentionally.

Sleep Easy Technology, LLC decided to develop a more reliable – and comfortable – solution. Why require tubes and cannulas when you could utilize the one thing most people already sleep with? Sleep Easy Technology designed a pillow capable of providing oxygen concentrated air directly to the user’s face without the need for any tubes.

The oxygen delivery pillow is designed with a recessed area where the user’s head can rest. Oxygen is then delivered to this recessed area, collecting in the open space and passing through the cover to pass over their head to be inhaled. The pillow connects directly to an oxygen concentrator to receive a steady flow of oxygen.

While test studies show the pillow works best for side or stomach sleepers, the pillow provides an untethered and comfortable solution to anyone who needs a little extra oxygen while they sleep. The pillow itself offers the padding and cushion needed for comfort, while the oxygen supports a deep and stable sleep every night.

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