Snoring Problems? Learn to Play the Didgeridoo, and Try Other Noninvasive Options

The Didgeridoo of Australia

Help for Snoring

Snoring problems? Learn to play the didgeridoo, and try other noninvasive options.

Snoring is caused by a narrowing of the airway and may be due to abnormalities of the soft tissues in the throat, a poor sleep posture, nasal and sinus problems, and retrognathia - also known as recessed jaw. Lifestyle choices play a major role in snoring, such as being overweight and out of shape, smoking, alcohol, and medications. The way you are built may be a cause as well.

What does that mean, the way you are built?

Men have narrower air passages than women, and are more likely to snore.

What is this about the didgeridoo?

The didgeridoo (see photos) is also known today as the didgeridu or didge. It is a wind instrument created by the first people of Australia about 1500 years ago but possibly 40,000 years ago. The wooden instrument is long and slightly conical. The creators have different name for the didgeridoo - a European term. Yirdaki is one of the better known names. Other names include Kanbi and Ihambibilg. Only one note can be played, however, vocal sounds and overtones from each player gives it many different sounds. A "circular breathing" technique allows the musician to play the instrument for long periods of time without a break.

The didgeridoo may help reduce snoring. Studies have shown that playing the didgeridoo can strengthen the throat and the soft palate.

Swiss researchers have found that when sleep apnea sufferers blew through this instrument every day for 4 months, they not only snored less, but had 23% less daytime sleepiness than those who did not play the instrument.

Why is that?

The action of repeatedly blowing into the didgeridoo is believed to tone your throat muslces and keep them from sagging when you sleep.

What are the other noninvasive options?

Brazilian researchers have shown that vocal exercises can be helpful. A daily 30 minutes of vocal calisthenics consisting of reciting vowels quickly - nonstop - can reduce the severity of sleep apnea by 39 percent.

Other Non-Invasive Remedies - do not require medical treatment and may be helpful. This includes -

1 - keeping the bedroom air moist with a humidifier which helps keep dry air from irritating membranes in the throat or nose

2 - elevating your head or using a specially designed pillow

3 - and avoiding certain substances before bedtime - such as a large meal, dairy or soy products, sleeping pills, relaxants, caffeine and antihistamines.

4 - staying off your back. Sometimes sleeping on your side can make all the difference. A common trick to prevent rolling on to your back is to fill a sock with tennis balls and attach it to the back of a form-fitting tee-shirt.

Prevention should always be considered first. However, snoring can cause serious health problems and should be taken seriously. Different types of treatments are available depending on the severity of the problem.

What are the other options?

1 - The CPAP Machines - or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure - a device designed to keep your airways open during sleep. This type of therapy is for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the result of blocked airflow during sleep. The CPAP is the most effective nonsurgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Doctors use this type of therapy to treat people who have moderate to severe sleep apnea.

2 - Dental Appliances - Lower jaw-positioners, dental appliances and other oral devices are available. These devices are like an athlete's mouth guard. They work by bringing the tongue, or lower jaw forward during sleep which keeps the airway open. The recessed jaw condition is also known as retrognathia. You need to be fitted for this device.

What about surgery?

Surgery is suggested as the last resort.

3 - The LAUP - The LAUP, or Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty is a relatively new procedure that uses lasers or radio-frequency signals. The uvula is vaporized as well a portion of the palate during several procedures. Before a doctor prescribes this procedure, you are expected to participate in a sleep study to determine your amount of snoring and level of sleep apnea.

4 - Surgical Procedures - are available to increase the size of your airway or surgically remove tissue. This includes an adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy, Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), and a Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP). Another surgical procedure is the Pillar procedure - small plastic implants are inserted into the soft palate causing scar tissue growth. This will make the soft palate stiffen and stop the vibration that causes snoring. Always get at least two opinions when considering surgery.

Prevention should be considered the first option.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

A wonderful hub! This is a very common problem I think. My husband snore, which makes it almost impossible to sleep in the same room as him. Sometimes I have to sleep in another room, because one must have a good night sleep now and then. Many useful tips here, but when I read about the digeridoo, and thought about my husband play that instrument,it made me smile a little! He has no feeling for music at all, and it would be a funny sight! And to think about the noise I would have to endure during 4 months in order to get to sleep at night:))

But I do think it would work though, there must be something that needs to be tighten up in the neck!!

Thanks for this wonderful and useful hub, I will come back to it and make my husband try the tip, one by one!Voted up!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You know thoughtforce you have raised such a good - and hilarious - point! Listening to a player for 4 months! What we need to find is a school where our loved ones (who we want to keep loving) can go and learn and play. And stay while they play. Maybe the vocal exercises would be better.

Thanks so much for commenting - and I really want one of these just because it is a wind instrument.


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

My mastiffs snore so much that I have become immune to snoring in general. In fact, I can't sleep unless I hear them snoring away. So hubby gets a free pass because compared to the mastiff dogs, he makes no noise at all. No digeridoos in this house thanks. Lynda


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Perhaps they have such a school in Switzerland? At least it would be silent in the bedroom! And I agree, we want to keep loving them! I think we will go for the vocals instead. Joking aside, I had to come back to say that the instrument; digeridoos, look fantastic. They would be like a decoration in any room, and they have such a interesting history!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

Very good article BK. I suspect the positive effect on daytime sleepiness is also because of the increased intake of oxygen required while playing the digeridoo.

Also, I seem to remember a study of snoring relating to children who frequently sit or sleep with their mouth open, rather than breathing through their nose. Perhaps the nasal passages get less of a workout with the mouth open too often. Interesting. Nice job, Bk.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I really enjoyed this hub. My husband snore and uses snore spray which makes a huge different but we found the off brands don't work as well as the name brand. I am a light sleeper so I was sleeping in another room quite often until we tried the spray. I had to laugh when I pictured my husband playing the didgeridoo. He is not musically inclined and it is an amusing picture. Hub rated up!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Honestly llmartin - I didn't know dogs snored. I'm beginning to find out that snoring is much more common than I thought.

I'm glad you came back thoughtforce - since the study was done in Switzerland - everything you want is probably already there. And I too now want a didgeridoo. In fact I want a whole collection - they are pretty.

Probably so timorous about the children. We need to be more aware of this and prevent problems. It would be lovely if we could teach such an instrument in school - and have children reap the health benefits.

I've never heard of snore spray Pamela99. You've taught me something new. Thanks for the rating.

Thanks for the comments! Yay!


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funride 5 years ago from Portugal

Snoring and Didgeridoo... it takes great creativity! Of course that`s easy for you, BkCreative :)

It isn`t easy to play the didgeridoo for the first time but after a while anyone can enjoy all those beautiful sounds. I tried it once but never bought one for myself... now I`ll buy one next time I have the chance :)


peacefulparadox 5 years ago

This peaked my curiosity. That's interesting.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Sounds like a great challenge now funride. You've made it even more appealing. Thanks for your input.

Glad you were peaked peacefulparadox. I just wrote an article about snoring and in my research - the didgeridoo was mentioned. I like healthy options.


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lindacee 5 years ago from Southern Arizona

I suffer from snoring problems (not severe, just mildly irritating to my spouse.) I have been using Breathe Right Nose Strips for years and they seem to help, but they are very irritating to the skin on the bridge of my nose. So I will try some of your recommendations as an alternative. Thanks for the great Hub!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Whatever will I read next. didgeridoo, mastiffs snore hahaha


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I hope the alternatives work for you lindacee! I've heard about the nose strips- they seem to be quite popular. Thanks for the lovely compliment.

Isn't it great Hello, hello - to read about the didgeridoo and mastiffs - all with snoring? We have it all here at hub pages. Yay!


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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

I'v heard didgeridoo, but I have never played one. I have heard of other benefits of playing one, but never to help snooring. This is amazing.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Don't you just love these healthy solutions HealthyHanna! I love finding out things like this.

Thanks for commenting!


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Excellent hub my friend, when I went to visit my daughter this summer she told me I snore so loud that she needed to leave the room. I had NO idea I snore and as an old hippie nobody would be shocked if I started to learn how to play a didgeridoo. Merry Christmas to you and yours your friend and fan darski rate up


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Oh Darlene, I hope you take up the didgeridoo and then write a great hub about it. What fun that would be. Imagine finding out now that you snore. No, this all fits - you taking up the didgeridoo! Yay!

Here's wishing you much prosperity!


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

I would love to learn how to play a didgeridoo! I love the idea that it is a wind instrument and I can see how it will strengthen the lungs.

And they just look good. Thanks for sharing some history.

Rated up. Yay!


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CountryCityWoman 5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

Oooh, I like this. I have always been curious about the didgeridoo. Thanks for some background. I'm not a snorer but they are just so beautiful.

Thanks for a unique hub and rated up!


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI

What???? This is fascinating!! I've never heard of the didgeridoo but the name just reeled me in! lol Where was this information when I was with my ex? This is just great..these things just look cool!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm with you thelistlady - I want to give the didgeridoo a try. It's on my list of things to do next year.

I'm still curious CountryCityWoman - there is so much history about it.

Maybe that's it theherbivorhippi - they look so cool. What a unique instrument.

Thanks for the comments!


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TheVacationLady 5 years ago from Everywhere

What beautiful gadgets!! Wow! I don't snore but I want one. And I just love the name!!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I agree with you TheVacationLady. They are a visual treat as well!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Great info BKC - and who knew? I love the didgeridoo and had no idea it could help with snoring. We saw a performance in Seattle where they played these right next to you and the sound was incredible!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I would love to go to a performance akirchner - and will look into it - thanks for that information. What a unique instrument and it seems to be gaining in popularity.


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

My dad uses the the Positive airflow machine, I know he would never listen to me about the didgerigoo aka Yirdaki/Kanbi (thanks for including the native names) but if I ever suffer, you can bet I'm taking your advice Brooklyn!

Great hub article, you should throw in a Kanbi video to let

people know what they're in for!

Ben


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Ben and I may just throw in your video suggestion. I'll search for one.

Seems the airflow machine is really popular.

Thanks for writing!


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

Hi BkCreative - I know what I'm going to ask the next person who goes to Oz to get! My husband has a deviated septum and he doesn't like the positive airflow machine. There could be one problem however - I've grown accustomed to his snore :)


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

How nice Shalini Kagal - you've grown accustomed to his snore. What if you miss it. Well, if you get the didgeridoo you can just enjoy its beauty.

Thanks for a fun comment!


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cameciob 5 years ago

BkCreative, what an interesting solution for such an annoyng problem. In our house there's already a guitar and a keyboard that are played from time to time. A didgerigoo would be nice addition, with benefits. Great hub.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

How interesting cameciob - add one more instrument. Sounds good.

Thanks for the compliment!


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Just thought I'd share that I told my daughter about your article today and we both shared a laugh talking about Grandpa Zoltak playing the Kanbi at Christmas time, haha, a what a hoot.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Thank you so much. My husband snores real bad. I can't even sleep with him.

voted up


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Somehow, Ben Zoltak - I have a feeling that Grandpa Zoltak will be outstanding!

Granny's House, I'm kind of surprised to learn how many people snore, or have a loved one that snores. Such a big problem.

Thanks for the comments!


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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

You can tell when your snoring is bad when you wake yourself up by snoring! Yes, snoring is a big deal. I love Didgeridoos. Maybe I should take up learning to play one. I wonder where I could learn.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I've known it to happen to people who were new to snoring and yes it did wake them up!

I hope HealthyHanna you take up the didgeridoo and then write a hub about it!


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Thanks for your helpful hub that learn me more information.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're very welcome ImChemist. Thanks for commenting.


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia

How cool is that!? I just love this idea. You can learn how to play an instrument all the while taking steps to solving your snoring problem. Rated it wayyyyy up!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It makes so much sense Veronica Allen. I'm glad you like and thanks for the rating! Yay!


Jalus 5 years ago

This is excellent information! I'm happy to say that I do not snore but my daughter snores so loudly that we have even hung a curtain on the inside of her bedroom door to absorb some of the noise. I am excited about looking into this. Thank you!!!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I hope it works for you and your daughter Jalus. And I think your daughter will enjoy the idea. And maybe you can write a hub about it.

Thanks for commenting!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for share this information. Snoring is really annoying us. You come up with solutions. Good work, my friend. Vote up. God bless you.

Love and peace


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks prasetio30- always good to hear from you!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Enjoyed the read. My husband snores, so maybe, I can get him to play the Didgeridoo. It had better sound good! You've covered many solutions to the annoying problem. Rated up!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm glad you enjoyed anglnwu! If your husband tries I hope you will write about it - you write so well. Thanks for the rating!


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kephrira 5 years ago from Birmingham

That really is an original and unique home cure -I love it. I wasn't sure if you were serious when I read the title and clicked to come and take a look. Excellent hub and I know someone who's getting a digeridoo next christmas!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm so glad you like the hub kephira! And when you get one next Christmas - well it sounds like a great hub. I want one just to enjoy - soon! Thanks for commenting.


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

A smart and creative hub you actually shared inhere which i so much enjoyed,thanks for sharing.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Sun-Girl. I am one of your followers now!


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DayLeeWriter 5 years ago from Georgia

That is an interesting option in treating snoring! Thanks for a fun, interesting and informative article. :)


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're very welcome DayLeeWriter. Thanks so much for writing.


Chris 5 years ago

This is very interesting. Thank you for a wonderful article. I learned a new thing today.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Chris. Thanks for writing!


Rob 5 years ago

Very informative post. I definitly learnt a few new this reading this. Thanks


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Rob. Glad you enjoyed the article.

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