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Research finds the simplest way to cure a snorer.

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy MIRROR | Fri,Apr 17 2015 22:00:00 EAT
By MIRROR | Fri,Apr 17 2015 22:00:00 EAT

Researchers have found that blowing into a brass instrument builds up muscles in the airways that will keep you quiet at night – and help prevent a host of life-threatening illnesses.

The study found that wind musicians, especially from the brass section, developed muscles in their upper airways that prevent sleep apnoea – the collapse of tissue at the back of the throat that causes snoring.

And it seems joining a brass band could even be good for your health – sleep apnoea affects millions of adults, particularly smokers and the overweight, and can cause high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, heart disease and even depression if left untreated.

Silas Daniel Raj, of the European Lung Foundation, studied 130 people, half of them wind players.

They found the group who played the instruments had a much lower risk of obstructive sleep apnoea than the others.

He said: "The findings of our small study present an interesting theory on preventative measures or treatment in sleep apnoea.

"Wind instrument playing could become a cheap and non-invasive method of preventing sleep apnoea in those at risk of developing the condition.

"If the findings are confirmed in larger groups, wind instrument playing could become a cheap and non-invasive method of preventing sleep apnoea in those at risk of developing the condition."

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