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Have Sleep Problems? Play The Didgeridoo - BMJ Article

Postby efgrandi » Sun Dec 25, 2005 12:09 am

Have Sleep Problems? Play The Didgeridoo - BMJ Article
24 Dec 2005

Regular didgeridoo playing reduces snoring and daytime sleepiness, finds a study published online by the BMJ today.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome are common sleep disorders caused by the collapse of the upper airways. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy is effective, but is not suitable for many patients.

Reports of didgeridoo players experiencing reduced daytime sleepiness and snoring after practising, led experts in Switzerland to test the theory that training of the upper airways by didgeridoo playing can improve these disorders.

They identified 25 patients with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome and who complained about snoring. Patients were randomly allocated to an intervention group (didgeridoo lessons and daily practice at home for four months) or a control group (remained on a waiting list for lessons).

Compared with the control group, daytime sleepiness and apnoea scores improved significantly in the didgeridoo group. Partners of patients in the didgeridoo group also reported much less sleep disturbance.

Although overall quality of sleep did not differ significantly between groups, a combined analysis of sleep related measures showed a moderate to large effect of didgeridoo playing.

The authors conclude that regular training of the upper airways by didgeridoo playing reduces daytime sleepiness and snoring in people with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome and also improves the sleep quality of partners.

"Larger trials are needed to confirm our preliminary findings, but our results may give hope to the many people with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome and snoring, as well as to their partners," they say.

Didgeridoo playing as alternative for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome: Randomised controlled trial; BMJ online first

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Postby bruton85 » Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:42 am

Thats a very cool idea. ill have to give it a try. So far i've been trying the nasal strips to open up the upper airways and they seem to have helped but they are quite expensive. not sure what the neighbors will say. creating [Commercial link deleted. Please review posting guidelines] helped loads too
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Postby hydroCarbon » Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:39 pm

I also wanted to try to relax my throat using didgeridoo. But tried using singing in low pitch, vibrating lips and throat in the process. That helped too.

Also, sleeping with a rolled towel, on bed, under the neck I have read helps stretch the neck.

I tried the nasal strip earlier. Putting oil in the nose before sleeping helps it stay clean. Breathing cold water through nose, takes practice but cleans out the nose to breathe fully
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Re: Have Sleep Problems? Play The Didgeridoo - BMJ Article

Postby heavybreather » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:54 pm

Just thought I would come in a bump this thread to let you all know that sleep can be assisted not just by the didgeridoo, but through a number of different musical experiences. My doc was thrilled when I mentioned that I play the harmonica on a nightly basis before I go to bed. He also mentioned guitar, piano, and hard (although how many of us play a harp?).
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Re: Have Sleep Problems? Play The Didgeridoo - BMJ Article

Postby Vicki » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:28 am

Enjoy playing those instruments, but don't quit using your CPAP unless you have a sleep study to show your OSA has improved. There is no scientific, peer-reviewed research articles that shows that any instrument besides the Digeridoo helps OSA. Even the Digeridoo study is very old now with no follow-up studies, which are essential for a preliminary study. The principle investigator told me there would be a new Dig/apnea study published about 3 years ago and literature reviews of this researcher suggests he has dropped this project in favor of other work.

Surely your doctor is just happy you like to play instruments because I fail to see how playing the guitar, harp, and piano would help OSA. I play the flute semi-professionally, and also play the piano, guitar and Djembe (and have a Digeridoo I need to pick up again). My life is 50% my music, but my music did nothing for my OSA.

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Re: Have Sleep Problems? Play The Didgeridoo - BMJ Article

Postby viktorz » Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:16 am

Will try that didgeridoo and will write how it helps ))
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Re: Have Sleep Problems? Play The Didgeridoo - BMJ Article

Postby Daniel » Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:45 am

viktorz wrote:Will try that didgeridoo and will write how it helps ))

The Didgeridoo study is almost 6 years old, was inconclusive and has never been followed up.

By all means do play the Didg (as I do), but it is unlikely to help sleep apnoea.

The untreated Sleep Apnoea sufferer died quietly in his sleep..
Unlike his three passengers who died screaming !

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