NCBI ROFL: Is snoring keeping you awake? Didgeridoo to the rescue!

By ncbi rofl | June 1, 2010 7:00 pm

3099762976_dbf334e88e_bDidgeridoo playing as alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome: randomised controlled trial.

“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 apnoea syndrome and snoring. DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Private practice of a didgeridoo instructor and a single centre for sleep medicine. PARTICIPANTS: 25 patients aged > 18 years with an apnoea-hypopnoea index between 15 and 30 and who complained about snoring. INTERVENTIONS: Didgeridoo lessons and daily practice at home with standardised instruments for four months. Participants in the control group remained on the waiting list for lessons… …RESULTS: Participants in the didgeridoo group practised 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 apnoea-hypopnoea 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 apnoea syndrome. ”

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  • Noser

    I want to see the experiment design for the double-blind placebo followup to this. :)

  • JohnV

    I wonder how my neighbors in my apartment building would feel about me trying this :p

  • Douglas Somersen

    Some people ignore sleep apnea. This is a big mistake since untreated sleep apnea can lead to many health hazards including stroke and heart disease.

  • Dalene Drymon

    Not only will it almost certainly alleviate much of your sleeping problems, it makes for much better lifestyle choices and can benefit your overall health greatly. If you consume alcohol, this can also have an aggravating effect on the condition.

  • Zquiet Reviews

    A great way to help you decide if this will help you, is try to breath through your nose and try to make a snoring sound. Then try the same thing with your lower jaw pushed out just a little. If it seems easier to breath and the snoring sound is reduced I believe this should also work for you.


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