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Didgeridoo playing could improve sleep apnoea

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-a

Regularly playing a didgeridoo reduces daytime sleepiness and snoring in people with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. In a randomised controlled trial, Puhan and colleagues (p 266) allocated 25 adults with self reported snoring and an apnoea-hypoponea index of 15-30 (episodes per hour) either to didgeridoo lessons and regular practice at home or to a waiting list. After four months the intervention group had less daytime sleepiness and significant improvement in the index score. The collapsibility of the upper airways must have decreased through the “training,” say the authors.

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