Regular didgeridoo playing reduces snoring and daytime sleepiness, finds a study published online by the British Medical Journal.
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.
― Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Sunday, 4 June 2006 19:01 (fifteen years ago) link
― stirmonster (stirmonster), Sunday, 4 June 2006 19:18 (fifteen years ago) link
"Playing wah-wah guitar increases STD rate"
"Playing the bagpipes leads to violent injuries"
"playing the bugle associated with deaths"
"Playing the banjo loosens up your butthole"
― -rainbow bum- (-rainbow bum-), Sunday, 4 June 2006 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link
rainbow bum totally otm about those banjos, you gotta watch out for 'em
― Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Sunday, 4 June 2006 19:59 (fifteen years ago) link
― jinx hijinks (sanskrit), Sunday, 4 June 2006 23:35 (fifteen years ago) link
it's probably more like pissing on a rosary from an aboriginal point of view
― grapple (grapple), Sunday, 4 June 2006 23:38 (fifteen years ago) link
sorry to have offended
― Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Sunday, 4 June 2006 23:59 (fifteen years ago) link
― grapple (grapple), Monday, 5 June 2006 02:28 (fifteen years ago) link
whoa dudes i'm gonna play my didj later so i don't snore so damn much!abadiginalz be offended can take a long walk on a short pier.
― Shackleton Crater (jdchurchill), Sunday, 29 November 2009 19:33 (twelve years ago) link
I get Google ads about this in my gmail all the time. I don't even have sleep apnea, although I briefly had some trouble with it back when I had allowed my weight to balloon up.
― _Rudipherous_, Sunday, 29 November 2009 22:38 (twelve years ago) link
I bet the lowered amount of stress your SO gets from you not snoring as much will be more than equally compensated by him having to listen you playing the bloody didgeridoo!
― Tuomas, Sunday, 29 November 2009 22:47 (twelve years ago) link
Maybe playing the Stylophone helps in growing a beard?
― so says surgeon snoball (snoball), Sunday, 29 November 2009 22:53 (twelve years ago) link
this guy uses it to swell effect.
― nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 03:40 (twelve years ago) link
today I am starting my didgeridoo journey to combat my sleep apnea
― Bongo Jongus, Monday, 10 January 2022 18:34 (one week ago) link