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Want your partner to stop snoring? Make them play a flute

It is often said that turning on your side while sleeping stops you from snoring and has been found effective in most cases. It is a temporary effect that gives a relief to the snorer and also the person sleeping next to him. Scientists now have seems to found a permanent solution to snoring. A study conducted by Indian scientists claims that learning to play wind instruments like the flute can lower one's risk of developing sleep apnea.

How do wind instruments help ?

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The researchers believe this is due to the increased muscle tone in the upper airways, which wind instrument players are likely to have. 'The findings of our study present an interesting theory on preventative measures or treatment in sleep apnea,' said one of the authors of the study, Silas Daniel Raj. Wind instrument playing could become a cheap and non-invasive method of preventing sleep apnea in those at risk of developing the condition, Raj pointed out. (Read:People with sleep apnea more prone to diabetes)

How was the study conducted?

Raj and his colleagues conducted lung function testing in 64 people who played a wind instrument and compared results to a control group of 65 people who did not play any wind instruments. All participants also completed the Berlin questionnaire, an established method used to assess the risk of sleep apnea. (Read: Obstructive sleep apnea linked to heart failure)

What does the study conclude?

When analysing the results of the questionnaires, the researchers found that the group who played the wind instruments had a lower risk of developing sleep apnea. However, no difference was seen between the two groups in the lung function tests. The relative risk of developing sleep apnoea based on the questionnaire was 0.18 in the wind instrument players, with a relative risk of less than one indicating a lower risk compared to controls.

The research was presented at the Sleep and Breathing Conference 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

With inputs from IANS

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