BiancaMed is a campus company based in UCD which is working on sleeping disorder products.
They have two products currently in development. The first is a device that measures the quality of sleep of the user. It will access the length of sleep, length of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and non-REM sleep as well as sleep cycles throughout the night.
BiancaMed intends to do this all via a mobile phone and not through the traditional EEG (electroencephalogram) method. Electroencephalography is the neurophysiologic measurement of the electrical activity of the brain by recording from electrodes placed on the scalp or, in special cases, subdurally or in the cerebral cortex.
The second product is a sleep apnea one. Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleeping disorders and is a respiratory sleeping problem. Sufferers can stop breathing in their sleep. There are currently 40,000 to 50,000 sufferers in the country.
This number will increase as the size of the population puts on excessive weight, one of major causes of sleep apnea, as extra weight can increase constriction of the throat at night time.