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Sleep Apnea

What do the experts say?

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome are common sleep disorders caused by the collapse of the upper airways. A study published by the British Medical Journal (2/4/06) shows that regular didgeridoo playing strengthens the muscle at the back of the throat and reduces snoring, sleep apnea episodes and daytime sleepiness.

Experts in Switzerland tested the theory that training the upper airways by didgeridoo playing can improve these disorders. They identified 25 patients with moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome who complained about snoring. Patients were randomly allocated to an intervention group (didgeridoo lessons and daily practice at home for four months) or a control group (remained on a waiting list for lessons).

Compared with the control group, daytime sleepiness and sleep apnea scores improved significantly in the didgeridoo group.

Authors of the study concluded that regular training of the upper airways by didgeridoo playing reduces daytime sleepiness and snoring in people with moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and also improves the sleep quality of partners.

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