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Can Throat Exercises Help Sleep Apnea?

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and find that none of the clinical anti-snoring treatments you try are working, then don't worry - the solution could be a lot simpler, and cheaper, than you think.

For most people, the standard treatment involves using breathing machines which use the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) method. This ensures that the airway remains open during sleep, relieving the potentially harmful pauses in breathe. The only problem is that this solution can be costly, and the mask and headgear can be extremely uncomfortable, and cause congestion.

Recent research has revealed a much easier solution though. Although there have not been many in-depth tests just yet, the early signs reveal that throat exercises could be a lifesaver. By building up the muscles around the airway, it makes it less likely that they will collapse at night and could prove to drastically improve your condition.

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine recently did a study on this, with a group of scientists recruiting a people with obstructive sleep apnea. They then split them into two groups, with one section doing breathing exercises on a daily basis, and other doing throat exercises. The throat exercises included doing chewing and swallowing motions, rubbing the tongue back and forth on the palate and saying vowels at speed.

Three months later, it was clear that the people doing these exercises enjoyed improved sleep, snored less and also enjoyed an overall improvement of just under 40 percent on the condition. There have also been similar studies that have reached the same results.

Take a hold of your snoring problems now. An anti-snoring mouthpiece, such as the one offered by Snoremate, is also a cheap and proven method of eliminating snoring. For more information or to discuss anti-snoring options, contact Snoremate today.

Snoremate - 05 May 2011