Cure Your Sleep Apnea with the Didgeridoo

11/22/2015

Cure Your Sleep Apnea with the Didgeridoo

 

Cure Sleep Apnea CoverHow Does the Didgeridoo Cure Sleep Apnea (and Snoring)?

Before explaining how playing the didgeridoo can cure it, it’s important to know HOW it occurs. Allow me to explain:

The vast majority of people with this disorder suffer from what’s called “obstructive sleep apnea”, or OSA.

When it occurs, the tissues in your upper throat relax and collapse together while you’re sleeping. This blocks the air’s passage temporarily.

Here’s how it happens while you’re asleep:

  1. Traveling to the lungs, the air will make its journey via the nose, mouth and throat (all known as the ‘upper airway’)
  2. Normally the rear of a person’s throat is soft and naturally falls inward when they breathe.
  3. Muscles in the throat will be working against the collapse, trying to maintain an open airway.
  4. When the tissues at the rear of the throat collapse and become temporarily blocked off, it will happen and the person’s breathing is halted (“apnea” is a Greek word that means “cessation of breath”).

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There’s also a connection with snoring here. Flabby tissues in the mouth and throat not only collapse when you fall asleep. They also VIBRATE – which is what causes snoring.

So the key to conquering OSA (and snoring) is to have STRONG muscles to keep your throat open while you sleep.

How can you build up strong muscles in your upper airway? You guessed it – by playing the didgeridoo!

Simply put, playing the didgeridoo strengthens and tones the tissues of the throat, and can also provide good exercise for the respiratory system, as well as a meditation aid.

But just blowing through a pipe won’t cure your sleep apnea. Key is a special breathing technique called “circular breathing”. This involves breathing in through the nose while expelling air out of the mouth using the tongue and cheeks.

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Proof That Playing the Didgeridoo Can Cure Sleep Apnea

It’s a little-known fact that in 2006 a scientific study was carried out at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. The results of that study were published in the British Medical Journal. Here’s the information you need to know on that study:

Study Objective: To assess the effects of didgeridoo playing on daytime sleepiness and other outcomes related to sleep by reducing collapsibility of the upper airways in patients with moderate OSA syndrome and snoring.

Method Used: Twenty-five patients aged 18 years and above with an apnoea-hypopnoea index between 15 and 30 were given private lessons on the didgeridoo at a center for sleep medicine. Participants practiced the didgeridoo an average of 25 minutes a day, six days a week.

Results: Compared with the control group, the participants practicing the didgeridoo experienced:

Significantly lower daytime sleepiness
Significantly improved apnea-hypopnea index
Bed partners reported less sleep disturbance

Conclusion: The authors of the study concluded the “Regular didgeridoo playing is an effective treatment alternative well accepted by patients with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome”.

In years since that study, the didgeridoo has also caught the attention of prestigious medical organizations, who now endorse the instrument as a viable treatment for sleep apnea:

The U.S. National Institutes of Health says, “One of the challenges in the treatment of sleep disorders is poor compliance. Thus new treatments not only need to be effective but also be ones that people are motivated enough to use.

Didgeridoo playing seems to meet these requirements. Participants were highly motivated during the trial and practiced, on average, almost six days a week, which was even more than the protocol asked for.

Regular playing of a didgeridoo reduces sleep apnea and snoring in people with moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and also improves the sleep quality of partners.

Severity of disease, expressed by the apnea-hypopnoea index, is also substantially reduced after four months of didgeridoo playing.”

 

Exercises That Will Cure Your Sleep Apnea AND Your Snoring!

Here’s another great thing about didgeridoo therapy for sleep apnea: it also cures snoring.

Why?

Because sleep apnea and snoring are often caused by the same thing: flabby throat tissue.

In the case of sleep apnea, the flabby throat tissue causes the airway to close when you’re asleep.

In the case of snoring, the flabby throat tissue vibrates while you’re asleep (especially if you breathe through your mouth while sleeping). It’s that vibration that makes you snore!

Many sufferers also have a snoring problem. So playing the didgeridoo can kill two birds with one stone!

THROW AWAY YOUR CPAP IN 20 MINUTES PER DAY!

Here’s the great news: results have been seen with as little as 25 minutes of playing each day. In fact, the participants in the University of Zurich study spent just an average of 25 minutes per day playing their didgeridoos.

The bottom line? Expect to spend approximately 25 minutes per day doing the exercises – at first. Once you see improvement, you can choose to reduce the amount of time spent playing.

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