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Play the didgeridoo for sleep apnea

Being an Australian I just couldn’t resist this story. :)

Playing the didgeridoo exercises the tongue and soft palate in a way that reduces sleep apnea. Do you have to learn the didgeridoo to reduce sleep apnea? No, that may take years to master, but tongue and mouth exercises have the same effect. It’s just not as much fun though!


Video: Didgeridoo player in Cairns, Australia

The didgeridoo is a wind instrument used by Australian Aborigines. Turn up the volume a little on your computer so you can really hear the sounds. It is incredible to listen to. Enjoy it, I did!


The didgeridoo study

Brazilian researchers tracked 31 patients with sleep apnea who were randomly assigned to the exercise regimen that mimics didegridoo playing (30 minutes daily for 3 months), or to a placebo “deep breathing” group.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where throat muscles collapse during sleep, preventing oxygen from getting to the lungs. Sufferers often snore and have labored breathing.

The results: The group who did the oropharyngeal exercises mimicking the didgeridoo saw significant improvements in sleep after the 3 months compared to the placebo group. They saw sleep apnea events per hour reduced from 22.4 to 13.7, and a reduction in snoring from “very loud” to “similar to breathing”. They found sleepiness and sleep quality scores improved, and neck circumference reduced from an average of 39.6 cm to 38.5 cm.

The study was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine journal.


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