Livestrong.com: Best for Sleep Apnea and Snoring: SnoreFree
Attention, snorers: Did you know there are certain mouth and throat exercises that improve nighttime breathing?
According to a June 2020 study in PLOS One, orchestra musicians who play wind instruments have better respiration during sleep, and a June 2012 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that wind instrumentalists have lower rates of obstructive sleep apnea (which occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax while you’re sleeping, hindering airflow).
Researchers surmise that the musicians’ healthy breathing is due to regularly training the muscles of their upper airway while playing.
These findings have led some experts to postulate that vocal exercises can be protective against snoring and sleep apnea.
“By strengthening the muscles that maintain the upper airway in an open position, they are less likely to collapse during sleep,” Dr. Winter says.
SnoreFree guides users through daily 10-minute speech therapy exercises aimed at toning the soft tissues in your throat and pharynx in order to keep your air passageway open, thus lowering your risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
December 5, 2021