The team designed a machine that uses a built-in air compressor to prevent obstruction of the airway in place of the average CPAP machine’s external airflow generator, reports USTA Today.

“The average sleep apnea machine, though an effective treatment, can be large, cumbersome and hard to transport,” Ayón said. “There’s a great need for a new approach to these machines. We believe that miniaturization would help sleep apnea sufferers get a better night’s sleep.”

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