People who tend to snore loudly often find it hard to share a bed with another person since they unintentionally disrupt a good night’s sleep and find themselves to be a target of ridicule. There are certain solutions for this like oral devices, exercises, Surgery, anti snoring pillows etc.
Glen from snore.net blog talks about all possible solutions over his blog.
However, Medical Xpress suggests that researchers may have found a potential yet unusual method of treatment for patients suffering from such a condition – singing.
How was the research conducted?
This might come as a surprise for many but a recent study published in the International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery states how researchers conducted a study across sixty different candidates who were loud snorers as well as sixty other patients who were suffering from a condition called OSA or obstructive sleep apnoea whereby the breathing process of patients temporarily comes to a halt during sleep. The test was conducted across a period of three months and half the group was made to actively participate in a series of singing exercises while the remainder of the candidates in the group did nothing.
What was the research outcome?
Once the study was concluded, it was found that the group that participated in singing exercises experienced a significant decrease in snoring as well as a noticeable improvement in their quality of sleep in comparison to people who were present in the control group and did not undergo any sort of change in their snoring habits.
Explanations and Implications of the Research
- The researchers believe that the singing exercises may have led to such a drastic decrease in snoring habits as they help to strengthen the weak muscles which are present in the soft palate as well as the upper throat region which are known to cause both OSA and snoring.
- According to the researchers, this new form of treatment may be ideal for therapy sessions since it can help solve the problem of millions of people whose lives are being disrupted owing to OSA and snoring.
- However, they are clear on the fact that this is not a fool-proof solution and further changes to the lifestyle of the patients will be necessary if they wish to eliminate the problem entirely.
- Malcolm Hilton, one of the researchers in the study and a consultant otolaryngologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and sub dean of the University of Exeter Medical School commented that this research was instrumental in opening up a completely new avenue of potential treatment through which patients could cure their snoring habits without undergoing extensive surgery. So, this was apparently a breakthrough for snorers but only if it was used in conjunction with changes in lifestyle. For example, if a patient was overweight, it would be the main independent cause of snoring.
Application of the Research
Vocal exercises developed by Alise Ojay, a choir director, have been based on the same principles of the research and they have been shown to affect the throat muscles directly in order to silence the snorers. She herself faced the problem on a daily basis since her husband was a chronic snorer but instead of choosing an advanced medical treatment, she tried this innovative new route instead and the natural home remedy has apparently worked. The British choir director claims that she developed a series of routine vocalizations which had to be performed twenty minutes a day over the course of less than a month. In the end, it was found that her husband’s snoring had lessened considerably.
Alise mentions that her singing exercises have been specially formulated to work out the throat muscles that have become quite weak over the course of time. The entire exercise has been developed based on the foundation that strengthening these muscles would enable air to pass in and out with minimum obstruction.
Contributions to Research
- Ojay has played a critical role in the progress of the research designed to lessen snoring through the power of singing.
- She has created a CD that serves as a guide for vocal gymnastics and researchers have identified specific sounds like “gah” and “ung” which strengthen areas of the throat that are greatly affected by snoring.
- Users of her CD have mentioned that it has enabled them to lead a snore-free life and breathe in a quieter manner.
- In some cases, patients suffering from a condition as serious as sleep apnoea have found relief through Alise Ojay’s vocal exercises and have gained better control over their disease.
Ojay has clearly stated that her program may not work on everyone. She says that patients who will gain the maximum benefits from her CD are those who have started snoring as they grow older. A recent review by the National Health Service, a public health agency in the United Kingdom states that even though the findings are rather promising, more studies with improved monitoring apparatuses are required to further establish this effect.