Night Shift Device Treats Positional Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Band Worn Around the Neck Vibrates to Prompt Position Changes

Night Shift Sleep Positioner. Brandon Peters, M.D.

If you experience snoring or obstructive sleep apnea that predominately occurs while sleeping on your back, you may be interested in learning about a wearable device that can prompt you to turn to your sides. What is the Night Shift Sleep Positioner device? Learn about this treatment option for positional therapy and whether it is right for you.

The Role of Positional Therapy

For some people, snoring and sleep apnea can primarily occur when sleeping on the back.

This supine position allows gravity to shift the soft tissues – such as the tongue, soft palate, and uvula – into the airway. This may increase the vibration that characterizes snoring or the obstruction that characterizes sleep apnea. If a sleep study shows that these conditions resolve when sleeping on your sides, positional therapy may be an attractive treatment option.

What Is the Night Shift Sleep Positioner?

The Night Shift Sleep Positioner is a device manufactured by Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc. that is worn around the neck that vibrates when it detects you lying on your back. This buzzing can awaken you to prompt you to turn onto your sides. It is held in place with an adjustable plastic strap and a magnetic clasp, with the sensor placed at the back of the neck.

After using the device myself, I can attest that it is very effective at prompting the user to turn from the back. Once more deeply asleep, it had to provide more sustained buzzing to get me to turn to my sides.

It initially delivers a short buzz, but this becomes more intense and prolonged if it does not detect a shift off your back.

The device can also track data to ensure that it is effectively keeping you off your back and treating snoring. It reports the percentage of nights used >5 hours, average time and number of supine sleep attempts, sleep efficiency, wakefulness after sleep onset, and loud snoring detection.

Using an online program, this information can be reviewed by the user or their sleep specialist.

What Are the Pros of the Night Shift Device?

  • As noted above, it is very effective at prompting movement from a supine to lateral sleep position, even if it is just the head that is turned onto the back.
  • The data provided can ensure you are using it to its greatest benefit.
  • The magnetic clasp reduces the likelihood of the straps becoming a choking hazard.
  • It is very intuitive to use with clear directions and once set up is easy to apply.
  • It is quite small with a compact carrying case, which would make it an attractive option for those who travel.

What Are the Cons of the Night Shift Device?

  • In using it, the current model has straps that are made of a goggle-style silicone plastic that feel sticky and cheap. This prevents the straps from unwanted shifting, but it also makes it not very comfortable to wear, especially in a warmer environment.
  • In addition, the buzzing may become disruptive to other bed partners, especially lighter sleepers, as it increases in intensity. (If your snoring or sleep apnea is particularly disruptive, the buzzing may be preferred.)
  • The battery must be charged after every 3 nights by connecting it to a computer or USB wall charger.
  • It does require a prescription from a physician to obtain the device.
  • It is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sleep apnea with a non-supine apnea-hypopnea index that is greater than 20 events per hour. It should not be used by those with a cardiac pacemaker, skin sensitivity or open neck wounds, neck sizes that are less than 12 inches or greater than 22 inches, or tics or tremors affecting the head.
  • Finally, at a cost of $349, it is more expensive compared to other positional therapy options.

If you are interested in learning more about the Night Shift Sleep Positioner as a snoring and sleep apnea treatment option, start by speaking with your sleep specialist about your condition and whether it is right for you.

This product was personally reviewed by the author and it was returned to the manufacturer at the conclusion of the review period.


"Night Shift Sleep Positioner." Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc. Last accessed: November 22, 2014.

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