Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Special Exercise with Didgeridoo helps Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Originally published in the British Medical Journal was an article that learning to play the Didgeridoo reduced both snoring and sleep apnea. It turns out that the circular breathing technique acts as a pharyngeal exercise. Circular breathing is difficult to learn. It allows a Didgeridoo player to play for long periods (20 minutes or more) without stopping to take a breath. The mouth and cheeks are used as a reservoir to blow out thr the mouth playing the Didgeridoo while breathing in thru the nose to fill the lungs

It is fun though while I could do the breathing I don't think I had enough musical ability to call the sounds I produce music. When played while it does have a rather cool sound

posted by Dr Shapira at 10:08 PM