Playing the didgeridoo improves sleep apnea

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Source: BMJ-British Medical Journal
Posted: December 24, 2005

Didgeridoo Playing Improves Your Sleep

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.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/12/051224094017.htm

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Sunday, 4 June 2006 19:01 (fifteen years ago) link

i suffer from sleep apnea. i'm not sure i fancy getting a didgeridoo though.

stirmonster (stirmonster), Sunday, 4 June 2006 19:18 (fifteen years ago) link

"Playing the accordion lowers STD's"

"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

I managed to get a tone from a real nice big old didgeridoo in a dressing room in Australia - I wondered whether its use was supposed to be ritual and, if so, isn't a dude playing it in a dressing room sorta like somebody coming across a rosary and saying a coupla hail marys just for the "ooh weird!" factor - still, that tone was awesome, I kinda wish I'd brought one home

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

"I managed to get a tone from a real nice big old didgeridoo in a dressing room in Australia - I wondered whether its use was supposed to be ritual and, if so, isn't a dude playing it in a dressing room sorta like somebody coming across a rosary and saying a coupla hail marys just for the "ooh weird!" factor "

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

Is it really? fuck, I feel bad, had no idea - thought with three of 'em just lying about and the guy who owned 'em showing me how to play it, it couldn't be that bad

sorry to have offended

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Sunday, 4 June 2006 23:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm not having a go at you...or saying you were consciously pissing on a rosary...just that seeing as it was a spiritual ritual tool years ago then the common usage of it today could be a-likened to pissing on a rosary

grapple (grapple), Monday, 5 June 2006 02:28 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_Hw8l01LI

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 03:40 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

today I am starting my didgeridoo journey to combat my sleep apnea

Bongo Jongus, Monday, 10 January 2022 18:34 (one week ago) link


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