Apnea Digeridoo Apnea
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Apnea and the Digeridoo
Diaphragm strength and sleep.
If you're like most people, you know that one of the biggest dangers of
snoring and untreated sleep apnea is a reduction in the body's intake of
oxygen. It's a little known fact that your diaphragm muscles can be a HUGE
help in reducing sleep apnea and breathing volume.
The diaphragm muscles are responsible for breathing – weak muscles mean your
breathing isn't as strong or as easily deepened as it should be. But
there is hope!
There are a few key breathing development techniques and exercises that are
meant to strengthen the diaphragm and increase lung volume and oxygen
Without the right amount of oxygen, we experience fatigue and depression,
and low oxygen levels can also lead to serious health conditions such as
heart failure. By following our program in our
Sleep program you'll be well on your way
to a stronger diaphragm, greater lung volume and more oxygen.
Didgeridoo playing as alternative treatment for
obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: randomized controlled trial.
Lo Cascio C,
Horten Centre, University of Zurich, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland.
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 obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and
DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial.
SETTING: Private practice of a
didgeridoo instructor and a single centre for sleep medicine.
25 patients aged > 18 years with an apnea-hypopnea index between 15 and 30
and who complained about snoring.
INTERVENTIONS: Didgeridoo lessons and
daily practice at home with standardized instruments for four months.
Participants in the control group remained on the waiting list for lessons.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Daytime sleepiness (Epworth scale from 0 (no daytime
sleepiness) to 24), sleep quality (Pittsburgh quality of sleep index from 0
(excellent sleep quality) to 21), partner rating of sleep disturbance
(visual analogue scale from 0 (not disturbed) to 10), apnea-hypopnea
index, and health related quality of life (SF-36).
RESULTS: Participants in
the didgeridoo group practiced an average of 5.9 days a week (SD 0.86) for
25.3 minutes (SD 3.4). Compared with the control group in the didgeridoo
group daytime sleepiness (difference -3.0, 95% confidence interval -5.7 to
-0.3, P = 0.03) and apnea-hypopnea index (difference -6.2, -12.3 to -0.1,
P = 0.05) improved significantly and partners reported less sleep
disturbance (difference -2.8, -4.7 to -0.9, P < 0.01). There was no effect
on the quality of sleep (difference -0.7, -2.1 to 0.6, P = 0.27). The
combined analysis of sleep related outcomes showed a moderate to large
effect of didgeridoo playing (difference between summary z scores -0.78 SD
units, -1.27 to -0.28, P < 0.01). Changes in health related quality of life
did not differ between groups.
CONCLUSION: Regular didgeridoo playing is an
effective treatment alternative well accepted by patients with moderate
obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Trial registration ISRCTN: 31571714.
From Mike: Great insight about breathing development. I love the
didgeridoo and have worked on doo players. Found their breathing
to be not much better than average. Doo playing is mostly a skill with the
mouth and a stronger extended exhale using the mouth. Think jazz great Dizzy
Gillespie whose jowls bulged out when playing the trumpet. Optimal Breathing's
sleep program is better and easier to learn and maintain
good sleep. begin here or
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