Didgeridoo for Sleep Apnea Learn to play the didgeridoo...and cure your sleep apnea!-Tip-on-How-to
Didgeridoo for Sleep Apnea Learn to play the didgeridoo...and cure your sleep apnea! How To :
Can This Australian Wind Instrument Really Cure Sleep Apnea?
If Youre Sick of CPAP and Looking for a Treatment Thats Easy, Fun, and Effective, This Might Just Be For You
From the Desk of:
Marc MacDonald, M.Sc.
Independent Sleep Apnea Researcher
Dear Fellow Sleep Apnea Sufferer, If youre reading this letter, youre probably sick of struggling with your CPAP, and fed up with suffering from sleep apnea .
You know that there are alternative treatments to sleep apnea out there, treatments that are easier, quicker, and cheaper than CPAP and surgery. But your doctor (and the healthcare industry in general) cant or wont share information with you on those treatments.
Well, Im here today to tell that such treatments do exist, and theres one in particular that is easy and inexpensive to do, that can be done in the comfort of your own home, and is actually FUN. (Yes, fun!)
This treatment has been tested in scientific trials and has been written about in the prestigious British Medical Journal. It has also been recommended by the Mayo Clinic and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. (Ill tell you more about that in a second.)
Whats the treatment? The didgeridoo. The didgeri-what?, I can hear you saying. Thats what most people say! Allow me to explain what this ancient Australian wind instrument is, and how its been scientifically proven to cure sleep apnea by strengthening a persons upper airway.
What Exactly is a Didgeridoo?
The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago.
The didgeridoo (also know as a didge) is still in widespread use today both in Australia and around the world. Rock paintings on caves in Australia have established that the didgeridoo has been used as a musical instrument for at least 20,000 years.
Didgeridoos are generally long cylinders (well over 1 yard/1 meter), made out of branches that have been naturally hollowed out by termites (although many people use a cheaper version of the didge that can be made using simple material bought from a hardware store).
The sound that comes out of a didge when its played is made by vibrating, or flapping, the lips continuously while blowing into the didgeridoo.
How Does the Didgeridoo Cure Sleep Apnea (and Snoring)?
Before explaining how playing the didgeridoo can cure your sleep apnea, its important to know HOW sleep apnea occurs.
Allow me to explain: The vast majority of people with sleep apnea suffer from whats called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tissues in your upper throat relax and collapse together while youre sleeping.
This blocks the airs passage temporarily. Heres how it happens while youre asleep:
Travelling to the lungs, the air will make its journey via the nose, mouth and throat (all known as the upper airway)
Normally the rear of a persons throat is soft and naturally falls inward when they breathe.
Muscles in the throat will be working against the collapse, trying to maintain an open airway.
When the tissues at the rear of the throat collapse and become temporarily blocked off, apnea will happen and the persons breathing is halted (apnea is a Greek word that means cessation of breath).
Theres also a connection with snoring here. Flabby tissues in the mouth and throat not only collapse when you fall asleep. They also VIBRATE which is what causes snoring.
So the key to conquering obstructive sleep apnea (and snoring) is to have STRONG muscles to keep your throat open while you sleep. How can you build up strong muscles in your upper airway? You guessed it by playing the didgeridoo!
Simply put, playing the didgeridoo strengthens and tones the tissues of the throat, and can also provide good exercise for the respiratory system, as well as a meditation aid. But just blowing through a pipe wont cure your sleep apnea.
Key is a special breathing technique called circular breathing. This involves breathing in through the nose while expelling air out of the mouth using the tongue and cheeks.
Click the screen below to watch sleep apnea patients talk about didgeridoo therapy and the impact its had on their lives:
Proof That Playing the Didgeridoo Cures Sleep Apnea
I know what youre probably thinking at this point: playing the didgeridoo seems so simple. How do I know it actually works in curing sleep apnea? Its a little-known fact that in 2006 a scientific study was carried out at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
The results of that study were published in the British Medical Journal. Heres the information you need to know on that study:
Study 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
Method Used: Twenty-five patients aged 18 years and above with an apnoea-hypopnoea index between 15 and 30 were given private lessons on the didgeridoo at a center for sleep medicine. Participants practiced the didgeridoo an average of 25 minutes a day, six days a week. Results: Compared with the control group, the participants practicing the didgeridoo experienced:
Significantly lower daytime sleepiness
Significantly improved apnea-hypopnea index
Bed partners reported less sleep disturbance
Conclusion: The authors of the study concluded the Regular didgeridoo playing is an effective treatment alternative well accepted by patients with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. To read more about this study, please click this link:
Didgeridoo playing as alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome: randomised controlled trial
In years since that study, the didgeridoo has also caught the attention of prestigious medical organizations, who now endorse the instrument as a viable treatment for sleep apnea:
The U.S. National Institutes of Health says, "One of the challenges in the treatment of sleep disorders is poor compliance. Thus new treatments not only need to be effective but also be ones that people are motivated enough to use.
Didgeridoo playing seems to meet these requirements. Participants were highly motivated during the trial and practiced, on average, almost six days a week, which was even more than the protocol asked for.
Regular playing of a didgeridoo reduces sleep apnea and snoring in people with moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and also improves the sleep quality of partners. Severity of disease, expressed by the apnea-hypopnoea index, is also substantially reduced after four months of didgeridoo playing."
"Learning to play the didgeridoo is emerging as a surprisingly effective and practical strategy for managing snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. I encourage all my patients with these concerns to discuss this option with their doctors."
Rubin Naiman, PhD., Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona
Dr. Oz, of TV fame, recommends the didgeridoo for sleep apnea to exercise the muscles in the back of the throat that cause snoring while you sleep.
Those muscles get lax while you sleep so, by exercising them with the didgeridoo, essentially a branch hollowed out by termites that turns into an instrument, you strengthen the muscles so they dont collapse while you sleep.
The Mayo Clinic also recommends didgeridoo for sleep apnea in a recent book titled The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies (2010).
And check out these videos below, in which didgeridoo playing for sleep apnea is recommended:
Didgeridoo therapy for sleep apnea profiled on NBCs The Doctors television show:
Profile of the University of Zurich study on didgeridoo therapy for sleep apnea:
Research on didgeridoo playing and sleep apnea has also been featured in: Science Daily Mens Health Magazine Apnea Support Forum
Exercises That Will Cure Your Sleep Apnea AND Your Snoring!
Heres another great thing about didgeridoo therapy for sleep apnea: it also cures snoring. Why? Because sleep apnea and snoring are often caused by the same thing: flabby throat tissue. In the case of sleep apnea, the flabby throat tissue causes the airway to close when youre asleep.
In the case of snoring, the flabby throat tissue vibrates while youre asleep (especially if you breathe through your mouth while sleeping). Its that vibration that makes you snore! Many sleep apnea sufferers also have a snoring problem. So playing the didgeridoo can kill two birds with one stone!
THROW AWAY YOUR CPAP IN 20 MINUTES PER DAY!
So Ill bet your next question is: How long do I have to spend playing the didgeridoo Heres the great news: results have been seen with as little as 25 minutes of playing each day.
In fact, the participants in the University of Zurich study spent just an average of 25 minutes per day playing their didgeridoos. The bottom line? Expect to spend approximately 25 minutes per day doing the exercises at first.
Once you see improvement in your sleep apnea, you can choose to reduce the amount of time spent playing. Heres what other people have to say about this fun and easy new sleep apnea treatment:
I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about two years ago. I followed the usual path of getting hooked up to a ventilating machine which, for me, was a bit of hell on earth.
I know people who regain sleep and dreams again because of the machine, but I had a different experience. I went through several different masks and nostril pads trying to find the right fit without success.
Even though it was a quiet machine, the sound of air pushing through the mask made a Darth Vader rumble that caused my wife to sleep in another room by the third night. I often found myself awake listening to the swoosh of my own breathing.
And when I did sleep, I sometimes woke noticing I wasnt breathing, waiting for the machine to engage, to force air into my lungs, until I finally realized I had better take a breath. After a tired month of trying, I packed up the machine, called my doctor and asked for a different approach.
He referred me to a research article that claimed didgeridoo playing helped a small group of patients reduce their apnea episodes. I figured that if practicing didgeridoo for 15-30 minutes a day could reverse my sleep-apnea and keep me off that machine, it was worth trying.
I ordered my first didgeridoo online. The results have been life altering. I have more energy throughout the day. I sleep better at night, and I dream again. It took about a week of playing 30-60 minutes a day (I was a bit of a zealotI wanted to be healthy again!) before I noticed a change.
I dont know anyone who plays nearby, so I watched and listened to YouTube videos (thanks to all of you out there teaching so generously online!). I didnt worry about sounding good. I just experimented with sounds and kept the drone going.
I eventually learned circular breathing, and that opened up the possibilities. I continue to play for 15-30 minutes every day, although I miss a day or two every now and then without any noticeable difference in my sleep.
But I travel as part of my work, and occasionally have missed several days in a row. Each time my snoring has gotten louder and I begin feeling run down. But after a day or two of practicing, I return to sound sleep
My CPAP machine was a problem, there was no keeping it on all night, a pain. Well I was researching Australia and New Zealand news and found an article describing sleep apnea therapy that "cured" or reduced apnea.
I tried it and it worked. My apnea is gone, my COPD is reduced blood o2 is up, what more could I want. I bought my didgeridoo from Amazon as well as how to play book. My sleep apnea is gone. This works.
Many people have the same problems with sleep apnea that plagued me, I would panic when putting on the mask and ripping it off in the night, not good.
After a little accidental research my apnea is GONE. While looking for Australian news, there was a reference to apnea treatment and the didgeridoo, the funny sounding instrument played by native Australians.
Following up on the reference there is a treatment for apnea that works! To make a long story short I played the didgeridoo for about 3 months and asked for a retest of my apnea and I was found to be marginal, the tech did not find a symptom they could treat, and the apnea mask went into the back of the closet.
BUT DO I HAVE TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY TO BUY A FANCY DIDGERIDOO?
Thats a great question, and the short answer is NO! Its a common misconception that you have to buy an expensive, fancy didgeridoo to practice with. The fact is, you can actually make your own didgeridoo with materials that cost under $10 and can be found in any hardware store!
HOW DO I KNOW IF IM PLAYING THE DIDGERIDOO CORRECTLY?
As I mentioned earlier, you cant just grab a tube and start blowing into it, and expect to see your sleep apnea disappear. Strengthening your upper airway requires targeted practice, guided by an expert. By not learning how to play the didge properly from the start you risk wasting months of effort. So how can you learn to play the didgeridoo the right way, right away, in the comfort of your own home?
Cure Your Sleep Apnea With the Didgeridoo Your Complete Guide to Learning the Didgeridoo, Strengthening Your Upper Airway, and Curing Your Sleep Apnea!
A STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO PROGRAM AND MANUAL THAT WILL SHOW YOU EXACTLY HOW TO PLAY THE DIDGERIDOO!
One of the biggest obstacles to learning a new instrument is knowing exactly where to start, and what steps to take next. Thats why the Cure Your Sleep Apnea with the Didgeridoo program comes not only with a straight-to-the-facts 21-page manual, but it also includes 6 online videos where youre shown exactly what to do.
This complete package includes the following to help you learn to play the didgeridoo as quickly as possible:
a) A no-fluff 21-page guide with all you need to know to start playing the didgeridoo including tips on buying the didgeridoo that is right for you, along with advice on how to play the instrument to get maximum benefit (in plain English!) b)
6 instructional videos by noted didgeridoo teacher Tyler Sussman. These videos have been created specifically for sleep apnea sufferers, and provide step-by-step instruction on these topics:
History and health benefits of the didgeridoo
How to buy or make your own didgeridoo
Preparing to play
How to make the basic drone sound on the didgeridoo
How to make advanced sounds on the didgeridoo
How to do circular breathing on the didgeridoo
c) Bonus ebooks on overcoming insomnia and overcoming daytime fatigue