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May 15, 2009

Didgeridoo Exercises of the Mouth and Throat Improves Sleep Apnea!!!

A research article claimed that regular exercises involving the tongue, soft palate, and lateral pharyngeal wall significantly improves obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) both objectively and subjectively.

The exercises mainly consisted of playing a wind instrument known as didgeridoo. Patients randomized to these exercises had a significant decrease in neck circumference, snoring frequency, snoring intensity, daytime sleepiness, sleep quality score, and OSAS severity. Changes in neck circumference correlated inversely with changes in apnea-hypopnea index.

Playing this instrument may be a great (and non-invasive) adjunctive treatment for OSA!

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Reference:
Effects of oropharyngeal exercises on patients with moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 May 15;179(10):962-6. doi: 10.1164/rccm.200806-981OC. Epub 2009 Feb 20.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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