If you suffer from sleep apnea, it might be time to take up a musical instrument, specifically the didgeridoo. Researchers discovered that people with mild or moderate sleep apnea got relief by mimicking the breathing motions needed to play the wind instrument favored by Australian aborigines. Brazilian researchers created a series of exercises based on the instrument. Study participants who practiced the exercises for a half hour daily over three months to strengthen the mouth, tongue and throat muscles reduced the severity of their apnea by 40 percent. They slept better, snored less and felt less tired during the day. To view the exercises go to www.more.com/apnea. Keep in mind that these types of exercises are not a substitute for traditional medical therapies.
submitted by Dr. Elizabeth Laffey, M.D.
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