As I was skimming through some of my favorite medical blogs the other day, I ran across a post by Dr. Synonymous, a family medicine doctor somewhere in middle America. His post referred to the time and place of his first “Didgeridoo Hullabaloo” session that he was offering for his patients that suffered from snoring and sleep apnea.
What is a didgeridoo? It’s a native Australian wind instrument, which can be up to 10 feet long! It works like a large kazoo, and produces a low, resonant sound something like an elephant.
And how does this help snoring? Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (when you periodically stop breathing during sleep) are often caused by weak muscles in the throat. Playing the didgeridoo, which involves the forceful pushing of air into the instrument, has been shown to increase muscle tone, decrease snoring, and improve overall sleep.
I posted previously about the epidemic in the US of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the soaring sales of the expensive CPAP machine.
I think it’s fantastic that a family practice doc has taken the time and trouble to provide such a low-cost, non-invasive intervention to his patients. At best, they will save money and improve their sleep and quality of life; at worse, they will learn a new skill and have some fun.
Thank you, Dr. Synonymous!