Philips announced the commercial launch of a prescription sleep position therapy device designed for patients with positional obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The device, called the Philips NightBalance, is strapped around the abdomen and uses gentle vibrations to encourage users to alter their sleeping positions to prevent apneas.

The device includes wireless connectivity and a mobile app that monitors use and provides patients and physicians with access to data via a cloud-based system.

Multiple clinical studies have found that Philips NightBalance offers an effective, non-invasive treatment for positional OSA patients. Most recently, a study funded by Philips in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, “The POSAtive Study: Study for the Treatment of Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” found that NightBalance is a non-inferior treatment to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and demonstrates high adherence rates among positional OSA patients.

In the study, data showed that patients with positional OSA felt NightBalance was easier to use, easier to adjust to and more comfortable than other PAP therapy methods. Additionally, patients who used the sleep position treatment used the device for greater lengths of time compared to PAP therapy, with 74% of patients reported using NightBalance for more than four hours, compared to 64.9%.

“We are always looking to evolve our solutions to help people living with sleep apnea take control of their health,” Mark D’Angelo, sleep OSA business leader at Philips, says in a statement. “The right sleep therapy varies person-to-person, and for those who suffer from positional obstructive sleep apnea, it can be defeating when traditional therapies don’t meet their specific needs. With Philips NightBalance, positional obstructive sleep apnea patients now have a non-invasive and comfortable treatment option that can be successful, resulting in long term therapy adherence.”

Today, over 100 million people worldwide suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. From that population, it is estimated that between 36 and 47% of these patients suffer from positional OSA, a form of sleep apnea where breathing disturbances are present when sleeping on the back. Without treatment, positional OSA can cause poor sleep and fatigue, ultimately impacting a patient’s quality of life.

Philips NightBalance will be available through a prescription in the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.