Sleep apnea — a disorder defined by paused or shallow breathing during sleep — is an all too common ailment around the world. With symptoms ranging from snoring and grogginess to more serious conditions like diabetes, heart attack, and stroke, many people are desperately searching for a cure for their sleep apnea.
If you happen to suffer from sleep apnea or a related condition, there is some new medical research on an obstructive sleep apnea treatment with face exercises that should be of interest to you. According to an article in the Daily Mail, there is a new YouGov study suggesting that routine facial exercises could provide relief to people struggling with snoring, grogginess, and even some of the severe symptoms that result from labored breathing during sleep.
Facial Exercises and Sleep Apnea
Emerging research indicates that performing facial exercises strengthens the muscles around the airway, thus helping obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers overcome their symptoms. Stronger muscles are less likely to collapse while breathing during different stages of the sleep cycle.
In the study, OSA sufferers were put into two groups. One group focused on breathing exercises and the other focused on facial exercises including the throat and tongue. The facial exercise group’s daily routine included swallowing, talking, tongue sliding, and other exercises aimed at strengthening specific muscles.
What were the results? The group focusing on facial exercises snored less, slept better, and, in general, were found to improve the state of their condition by almost 40 percent. Researchers found no measurable improvement in the group focusing on breathing exercises.
Why Does Facial Exercise Work?
A second study by Brazilian researchers confirms the value of facial exercise and goes into more depth about the reasoning behind the improvement OSA sufferers experience.
Snoring is the result of vibrating muscles and soft tissue in the upper airway. To reduce that vibration the most logical treatment is to strengthen and tighten those muscles. Without exercise, soft tissue can be floppy and highly vulnerable to noisy vibration.
The second found that, by reducing vibration, facial exercises reduce snoring as well as shallow breathing and breathing interruptions during a sleep apnea sufferer’s sleep cycle.
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