It may be a bit of a Homer-Simpson-bowling-ball present but if you're fed up with your other half snoring, this nifty ring could be the perfect Christmas stocking filler.

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Developed by former musician Michael Carter-Smith, the Good Night ring only costs £30. It has an 85% success rate - The Daily Mail reported that it made wearers snore less loudly and less often.

The ring works on the principles of acupressure - ancient Chinese medicine drawing on the idea that pressure points in the body are linked to various organs in the body. "Acupressure is based on the theory that energy runs through our body along pathways called meridians," says the website.

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The way the ring works is that the "noring ring has has two lumps on either side which apply pressure to two acupoints: SI2 (Small intestine 2) & HT9 (Heart Meridian 9) to enable a better flow of energy to these parts of the body."

In a study of 20 snorers, scientists tested them as they slept and were asked questions about their sleep. The ring is meant to be worn on the little finger where the pressure points - they found that when it was worn on the index finger which doesn't have the relevant pressure points, it was not as effective.

While Good Night paid for the study, it was conducted independently by testing firm Aspen Clinical. The lead scientist Danny McCamlie said: "In over 30 years in the industry we have never come across a non-invasive product for the reduction of snoring that has a significant effect, until we tested the Good Night anti-snoring ring."

It may be unbelievable that an acupressure ring could cure snoring, but the company also offers a 30 day money back guarantee if you find it isn't working for you. The ring is designed to cure snoring however, not sleep apnoea so if in doubt, do ask your doctor.

At present, the main guidelines issued by the NHS to stop snoring are to follow a healthy diet - as being overweight can increase the likelihood of snoring - and to sleep on your side rather than your back.

The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association describe it as a condition that "cannot be cured but can be controlled", and most extreme snoring treatments are invasive, removing tissue around the nose and mouth.

(H/T: MailOnline)

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  • Lights out

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