Singing Exercises in Snoring Management

By Jomvie Reyes - PTRP, RN, MN


Snoring 'Cured by Singing Exercise'In a recent news feature presented by BBC, it stated that a special singing exercise program has been developed to stop snoring. Choir Director Alise Ojay, the inventor of the “Singing for snorer’s exercises”, told presenter Evan Davis that the sounds “ung” and “gar” that are used in the exercises have decreased or stop the snoring of the patients.

Watch the full interview here

The Singing Snorer’s Exercise Study

The research study was conducted at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, UK. The study was a randomized controlled trial using the singing exercise program with two patient groups. The study suggested that the lax muscles of the upper throat are toned using the singing exercise program.

With the aim of increasing the effect observed in the trial, a graded exercise program called “Singing for Snorers” was developed. The exercises are specifically designed to tone the muscles located in the air passages that become lax and may contribute to snoring.

Here is the conclusion of the study:

In conclusion, this study adds weight to the hypothesis that improving the tone and strength of pharyngeal muscles reduces the severity, frequency and loudness of snoring, and improves mild to moderate sleep apnoea. The intervention has been applied to a study population which accurately reflects a cross section of patients presenting to secondary care in the UK with difficulties due to snoring, and has no adverse effects. In the context of other treatments which are more invasive, and may be poorly tolerated and painful, it should be considered as an alternative modality of treatment. Further studies in specific patient groups are needed to define the magnitude of effect.”

The Positive Feedback

Since the launch of the Singing for Snorers in 2002, there has been very encouraging feedback not just from chronic snorers but also from patients suffering from sleep apnea. The anecdotal evidences have inspired medical doctors to support efforts to conduct further studies and researches about the use of the exercises.

The questionnaire method was used in the data gathering. Although the before and after sleep study is the more reliable method in snoring and sleep apnea assessment, the questionnaire used has been validated and considered reliable in the medical practice.

Presently, an independent clinical trial has already been conducted and two or more similar studies are being planned at hospitals in the United States; in which before and after sleep studies will be included.

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Last Updated: October 9, 2013


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