This is a portion of a full article I pulled. This is a curious approach. I wonder if any of you are familiar with this............
Specialized CPAP exercises:
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sleep apnea condition
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Repeat your vowels for three minutes strait to help treat sleep apnea.
This is going to feel silly, exaggerating the tone of each vowel will help make this exercise for sleep apnea stretch out your throat.
Push your tongue firmly against the back of your front teeth and slide it to the the back of your mouth for three minutes.
Purse your mouth firmly and hold for thirty seconds. Performing these sleep apnea treatment exercises makes you feel pretty cool doesn't it?
Contract the muscles of the back of the throat for another thirty seconds or so. You may feel kind of like a frog doing this sleep apnea exercise.
Force your lower jaw to the left for thirty seconds. Now back to the right for thirty seconds.
Perform these throat exercises on a daily basis if you suffer from mild sleep apnea. Studies have shown that this can be an effective sleep apnea treatment.
I am not sure about the validity of such exercises...
05-28-2012, 12:21 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-28-2012, 12:22 PM by Sleepster.)
There has been a lot written and talked about, and also some research done, concerning the value of exercises to strengthen the muscles in the throat, reducing the number of obstructive apneas. There may be something to it.
If you are proficient with your data-capable CPAP machine, you might be able to monitor your progress. See if the number of obstructive apneas reduces as you exercise. You may be able to lower your pressure and reduce the number of obstructive apneas you experience. You should consult with your doctor. Sometimes an oral appliance can help, too.
I know that CPAP therapy works for me. I'm open to trying things like the exercises and the dental appliances while I stay on CPAP therapy. If the data shows I can go without CPAP therapy, then I will. But right now the data shows I need CPAP therapy, so I'm sticking with it. For the rest of my life if I have to. Without CPAP therapy I feel like crap every day, especially in the morning; I have high blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Maybe cancer, too.
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interesting....I wonder if other exercises pose a direct benefit, like bodyweight exercises (via military like style)...have you or anyone you know gone this direction?