- Small, unobtrusive design
- Effectively stops snoring in many sleepers
- Quick and easy setup
- Compatible with the sleeper’s current pillow
- Might wake up light sleepers
- Sleepers cannot flip or move pillow while using it
The Smart Nora is a smart device designed to stop snoring as soon as it begins. It is a good option for people who share a bed with a partner who is awakened by their snoring. The Smart Nora is not meant to diagnose or treat snoring caused by sleep apnea or other breathing disorders, and it should not be viewed as a replacement for a CPAP machine.
It reduces snoring by prompting a person’s throat muscles to tighten (which opens their constricted airway), but it does not treat any underlying issues that might be causing the snoring.
The Smart Nora works by “listening” for snoring, and then moving the sleeper’s pillow once it detects the snoring. The Smart Nora picks up sound using a microphone in a small device that can be placed on a bedside table or affixed to the wall above the bed where the snorer sleeps.
This device communicates to another device using Bluetooth technology. The second device then pumps air into a pillow insert. As it inflates, the person’s head is elevated and their throat muscles naturally tighten, which opens their airway and reduces snoring.
The Smart Nora is only sold directly to consumers through the Smart Nora website. They sell both new devices and refurbished devices for a lower price.
Unlike other anti-snoring devices on the market, the Smart Nora allows the sleeper to use their current pillow and doesn’t attach to the sleeper’s body. The Smart Nora is sleek and relatively inconspicuous, while some other anti-snoring devices are larger and more noticeable.
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How Does the Smart Nora Work?
The Smart Nora uses Bluetooth technology to help snorers stop snoring immediately after they start. The device is snore-activated and inflates the sleeper’s pillow to raise their head, which should cause them to tense their throat muscles and stop snoring.
The Smart Nora has three main parts: a device that “listens” for snoring, an inflatable insert that goes into the sleeper’s pillow, and a pump that sits next to the bed and attaches to the insert.
Part of the Smart Nora is a “Pebble,” a white device that looks similar to a wireless computer mouse. It is meant to sit on a bedside table or attach to the wall above the sleeper’s head. When the Pebble’s microphone picks up snoring, it notifies the pump sitting next to the bed via Bluetooth technology.
The microphone sensitivity is adjustable. There is no app used to manage communication between these devices. They connect directly to each other.
The Smart Nora comes in a dark and light gray felt-covered box. The listening device and pillow insert must be removed from the box to be used, while the pump is meant to remain inside of it. The pump connects to the pillow insert via plastic tubing.
There is a simple control panel in the box that contains a power button and a switch that allows users to set the pump to low, medium, or high. The pump is battery-operated, and the battery must be charged after 24 hours of use.
The pillow insert is white plastic. Online reviewers state that the insert reaches 4 inches in height when it is fully inflated on the “high” setting. The pillow insert is compatible with any standard pillow and pillow case, though the pillow must remain in the same position throughout the night for the device to properly work.
What's Included with the Smart Nora?
The Smart Nora comes with multiple pieces that work together to stop a person from snoring, allowing those around them to remain undisturbed as they sleep. If you purchase a Smart Nora, these are the items you can expect to receive:
- A gray felt rectangular box
- A “Pebble,” the white mouse-like device that picks up sound
- A white holder for the Pebble
- A USB plug-in that fits the Pebble
- A control panel/pump that remains inside the box
- A power charger for charging the pump’s battery
- A white pillow insert
- A pillow insert cover
- Clear tubing that connects the pillow insert to the pump
- Power adapters for European electrical outlets
All of the Smart Nora parts come in the gray felt box and can be returned to the box for travel. The Pebble’s microphone can be adjusted to be more or less sensitive to best fit your needs. The main control unit has three setting options that determine how much air the pump puts into the pillow insert once it is activated. The pillow insert can be used with any standard pillow by being slipped into the pillow case.
The table below lists dimensions, weights, and other key specs for the Smart Nora.
|Box Dimensions||4.5″ x 10″ x 7.3″|
|Pebble Dimensions||2.4″ x 3.7″ x .5″|
|Total Weight||4.4 lbs.|
|Cable Lengths (USB cable, charging cable, and plastic tubing)||59″ each|
|Charger Specifications||Comes with a universal adapter that is usable in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa, but not Australia|
How Much Does a Smart Nora Cost?
A brand new Smart Nora costs $329 and a refurbished version costs $259. Both the new and refurbished Smart Noras are eligible for monthly payment plans via affirm, for customers who cannot afford the total cost upfront.
Sleep Trial 30 Nights
Shipping Anywhere in the U.S. and Canada
Warranty 1-year limited
Made In Designed in Canada, Manufactured in China
What if I’m a light sleeper and the Smart Nora wakes me up?
Most customers report adjusting to the Smart Nora within 7 days of using it. You should sleep with it for an entire week (or more) before deciding how well it works for you.
Also, there are a few options to help keep the Smart Nora from waking you up: set the Smart Nora to have a delayed start, decrease the sensitivity of the Pebble, and decrease the pump strength. If you set the Smart Nora to have a delayed start, it won’t go off within the first 30 minutes of use. People are often easier to awaken during this time.
Where is the best place to put the Pebble?
The ideal location of the Pebble is mounted to the wall or headboard, about 10 inches directly above the sleeper’s head. It can also sit somewhere near the sleeper.
The Pebble should not sit more than one meter away from the sleeper. It also shouldn’t sit near a fan, vent, radio, or white noise machine. The Pebble won’t be as effective if it is placed on a dresser or table that is significantly taller than the bed.
Does Smart Nora have a return policy?
Yes. Smart Nora will process returns if the customer contacts the company within 30 days of receiving the product. After the customer requests a return, the company sends a prepaid shipping label.
9 out of 10 owner experiences show that customers have had a positive experience with Smart Nora, irrespective of whether or not they liked their product.
Smart Nora began as part of a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 and has been available to the public since 2017.
Smart Nora does not operate any brick-and-mortar locations.
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