Singing exercise reduces snoring
Joining a choir of taking singing lessons could help alleviate snoring problems, suggests a study from Exeter University in Great Britain. By performing vocal exercises, people can strengthen their throat muscles, and that can relieve symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to snore and to stop breathing in their sleep.
For this study, researchers recruited 60 chronic snorers and 60 people with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. The participants were assigned to either a group which was to perform the vocal exercises for a period of three months or to one that didn’t receive any training. The exercises were guided by a box set of three audio CDs, which took about 20 minutes a day.
At the end of the test, daily singing exercises reduced the severity, frequency and loudness of snoring and improved quality of sleep. The exercises were not thought to be difficult, and two-thirds of participants managed to finish them most days over the study period.
While some cases of snoring can be relieved with this routine, doctors still recommend that the exercises should be accompanied with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight. Being overweight is the single biggest contributor to snoring.