Dr Murray Grossan Explains how and why Singing Exercises Stop Snoring

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Snoring may be due to flabby or swollen throat muscles. Singing exercises strengthens throat muscles and clears snoring.

Dr Murray Grossan was interviewed for an article in Bottom Line Personal for this snoring cure.

In the October 2014 issue of Bottom Line Personal magazine, there will appear an interview of Dr Grossan about his method of treating snoring, and in some cases Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

The article quotes Dr Grossan: "Nearly half of all adults snore occasionally, and about 25% do it all the time they’re sleeping. This is because air passages in the back of the throat tend to sag when you sleep. The movement of air through the narrowed openings triggers vibrations that cause snoring."

How does singing work? Visualize a fatty sagging arm, with the skin hanging down. That might represent loose fatty tissue in the throat that can vibrate in sleep. Now imagine doing weight lifting daily to build up the muscle in that arm. With daily weight training, the sagging tissue is replaced by firm muscle.

A similar mechanism takes place with daily singing exercises that strengthen throat muscles and reduce flab.

The Bottom Line article stresses the importance of stopping snoring as early as possible, because snoring may get worse and lead to serious Obstructive Sleep Apnea. (OSA). In OSA the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen during sleep.

The Exercises:
Follow these steps…

  •     Press the tongue firmly against the hard palate (the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth) several times. Then press it against the middle of the roof of the mouth … and then against the back. Keep pressing and moving your tongue for about three minutes.
  •     Press the tip of your tongue firmly behind the front teeth, while simultaneously pressing the back of the tongue against the floor of the mouth.
  •     While holding the tongue against the hard palate, sing all of the vowel sounds: “Aaaa … Eeee … Iiii … Oooo … and Uuuu.” Spend three minutes on each vowel. While singing the vowel sounds, vary the pitch from high to low. Changes in pitch causes variations in vibration that exercise the tissues more completely.
  •     Make humming sounds. You can do this for a few minutes throughout the day—for example, when you’re driving or working around the house. This also shakes up lazy nasal or chest cilia.
  •     Whenever you swallow, try to keep the tongue pressed against the roof of the mouth. You’ll feel tension at the back of your throat.
  •     Using your mouth, forcefully blow up balloons.

Nasal Snoring:
Persons frequently snore when they have a cold or during allergy blockage. Using a vapor inhaler, such as Benzedrex, often helps to open the nasal passage.

If there is a chronic sinus condition, with drainage into the throat muscles, this may contribute to the edema/swelling of throat tissues. It is advisable to clear this drainage for best results with the throat exercises. Chronic sinus conditions may be due to slow or impaired nasal cilia; when cilia slow down, bacteria remain in place and multiply. Green tea, humming, pulsed nasal/sinus irrigations are measures that work well.

In the book, Sleep Interrupted by Steven Park, M.D., he illustrates the mechanisms of how simple snoring can become Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Therefore, clearing snoring at an early stage is important.

In a recent real estate article, there is discussion that some new homes are being constructed with two separate bedrooms, so that one partner’s snoring won’t keep their partner awake! Clearly performing throat exercises makes for a better solution.

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