Hi. I have a didgeridoo. I find it quite difficult to play even though I have a very long history of playing wind instruments. I played in a symphony since age 8; and I went to music conservatory to study flute. I have quite healthy lungs and the ability to play all wind instruments. When I got the didgeridoo I was surprised how difficult it is. I can blow it. But I cannot master circular breathing. I used to do circular breathing on the flute. It is very difficult. I cannot master circular breathing on the didgeridoo. I thought that I could improve my apnea by mastering this instrument by playing just 20 minutes a day because that is what the study subjects did, they played only 20 minutes a day for 4 months and their apnea improved.
I am sure there is no way I can do it. (It is so boring and takes loads of wind.) Besides I have had the CPAP for less than a month and I can already sleep half way through the night. So much easier!
In addition, the didgeridoo has such a limited scope when you can barely blow it that it would be hard to stay motivated to keep trying. With other wind instruments, you can play a tune even before you perfect your tone which is motivating for a beginner. However with the didgeridoo, it requires so much ability/skill at blowing just the right way, just to make one different sound, than the first sound when you blow.
I am 56 years old. Too old to work so hard at an instrument with the main intention of improving my apnea.
I would just stick with the CPAP even though it is really uncomfortable. I am so surprised that I can already sleep for 4 hrs a night on it. (I was so nervous the first two weeks.)
Hang in there.
Kimberly from Honolulu
It has been shown that singing exercises will also help with sleep apnea. Again with the loss of weight and all that others have referenced.