What’s a didgeridoo? It’s a wind instrument – kind of like a flute – popularized by the Aborigine tribe in Australia. And according to Prevention Magazine, it could be the cure for snoring! Swiss researchers took a group of patients who snored, and had half of them practice the didgeridoo for 25 minutes a day, 6 days a week. The other half didn’t play the didgeridoo. The results? After 4 months, the didgeridoo patients snored 30 percent less than the patients who didn’t play!
So why would this instrument help you stop snoring? According to Dr. Otto Braendli, who worked on the study, playing the didgeridoo helps strengthen the muscles in your upper airways. And the stronger your airway muscles, the less likely you are to snore. Dr. Braendli also says you can get the same effect by playing wind instruments similar to the didgeridoo – like the flute, oboe, or trumpet.
So if you have a snoring problem, head to the music store and ask about didgeridoo lessons.
That is, unless you want to spend the rest of your life sleeping on the couch.