sleep-apnea-exercises-300-250Mouth and throat exercises are popular alternative treatments for sleep apnea. Since obstructive sleep apnea is caused by flabby mouth and throat muscles, these exercises make perfect sense to do to strengthen these muscles.

How Does It Cure Sleep Apnea Exactly?

The main purpose of carrying out mouth and throat exercises for sleep apnea is to build and strengthen the muscles located around the airway. By doing this, the airway is a lot less likely to completely collapse and become blocked off during sleep, which happens when a person has obstructive sleep apnea.

w_tongueDo Mouth and Throat Exercises Really Work?

While it’s easy to make claims that these exercises cure sleep apnea, there are two studies that actually prove that it does.

Study 1:

The first one is a study done in the UK when 31 males aged between 40-50 years old were subjected to a 2 month clinical trial. 15 of the males involved were administered a “pseudonym” drug and informed that the drug was newly created. The drug, when taken over the course of 3 or more weeks, helped to strengthen the throat muscles and reduce any extra flab within the neck area. The other 16 males were instructed to carry out the mouth and throat exercises for the course of the 2 month duration. The exercise routine was done daily, prior to bedtime. After the duration of the study, 14 of the 16 males showed signs of improvement, with 2 of them becoming totally free from sleep apnea.

Study 2:

Another set of researchers in Brazil also carried out a similar study involving 31 patients who were recently diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. These participants were divided into two groups – one  was given thirty minute sessions of controlled breathing when they had to breathe deeply through their nose in a sitting position. In addition to this, 10ml of saline was applied in each nostril, three times a day. The second one, on the other hand, had to perform a set of daily mouth and throat exercises.  At the end of the study duration, this second group noticed a 39% reduction of obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. You can read more about this study here: Effects of Oropharyngeal Exercises on Patients with Moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Who These Exercises are For

w_mouthbreathingNot everyone is qualified to be relieved from sleep apnea using mouth and throat exercises. If you suffer from central sleep apnea or have sleep apnea due to physical issues (deviated septum), you won’t benefit much from these exercises. These exercises are only perfect for:

  • Patients whose sleep apnea or snoring is caused by flabby throat tissues, or a large, thick tongue
  • A patient who has a neck size that exceeds 16 inches and/or a body mass index (BMI) that exceeds 25. If your BMI is over 25 this increases the risk of you having obstructive sleep apnea as elevated weight equals a higher chance of excessive flabby throat tissue. The extra tissue pushes down on your throat and your airway will then narrow or close.
  • Patients who breathe through their mouth when sleeping.

Interested in learning more about mouth and throat exercises for sleep apnea? Please click here to find out how you can cure your sleep apnea in the next 60 days by following the sleep apnea mouth and throat (orofacial) exercises. sleep-apnea-excercises-header-three-quarter-size


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