Welcome to Didge For Sleep, the learn to play didgeridoo method developed specifically for people with snoring and sleep apnea who want to sleep better at night. After working with literally hundreds of people we can confidently say that this method works for those who commit to practicing.
Natural Therapy For Snoring and Sleep Apnea by Playing Didgeridoo
Through a series of direct instruction from a teacher, video classes and written resources, Didge For Sleep will help you rest better so you can have more energy every day.
How it works
Patients who practice the didgeridoo daily for 3-6 months show overwhelming improvement in symptoms of sleep apnea including less daytime sleepiness and fewer interruptions in sleep. The University of Zurich study published in 2006 has clinically shown this therapy to be effective.
What is the didgeridoo and why does it help people sleep better?
The didgeridoo is an aboriginal Australian wind instrument traditionally used for ritual and ceremony. Clinical studies have shown that people with certain sleep conditions who play this instrument obtain better quality of sleep with fewer interruptions and more alertness during the day.
An Overview of Didgeridoo Sleep Therapy with Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist, Dr. Jordan Stern:
“The treatment of sleep apnea is quite challenging because there is not a single treatment that works well for every patient. The didgeridoo has been used as a treatment for sleep apnea and it has been shown to be effective in part because of strengthening of the pharyngeal muscles (the muscles of the throat) as well as the muscles of the tongue.”
– Dr. Jordan Stern, Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon, Sleep Medicine Specialist and Director of BLUESLEEP
Benefits of Playing Didgeridoo:
- Reduce and eliminate symptoms of sleep apnea, snoring and other respiratory conditions
- Strengthen the upper airways and prevent collapsing linked to sleep apnea
- Expand lung capacity
- Breathe deeper and speak louder
- Understand the anatomy and function of the respiratory system
A Successful Case:
“My path to playing the didgeridoo began with difficulty staying asleep at night and low daytime energy. An overnight sleep study showed that I had sleep apnea. As recommended, I purchased a CPAP machine and oral appliance but found them too uncomfortable to utilize. After two weeks of playing didgeridoo daily I became aware that I was sleeping much better. I believe that this was a combination of the strengthening of my throat muscles and the meditative state induced by the vibrations of the didgeridoo. Since then, about two years ago, I do not consider myself to have a sleep problem anymore. It is truly wonderful to no longer be living my life in a state of sleep deprivation.” – Paul Auerbach, Educator
In 2005 The British Medical Journal reported on a study conducted at the University of Zurich in which researchers hypothesized that regular didgeridoo playing could be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, often leading to daytime restlessness. Participants, mostly men aged around 50 and experiencing high amounts of daytime sleepiness, were to learn to play the didgeridoo by taking periodic lessons and practicing at least 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week for four months. All participants used identical acrylic didgeridoos (as seen in the first photo).
Participants were tested at the beginning and end of the study for four different quality-of-sleep and daytime sleepiness indicators. All participants that followed the practice regimen showed significant improvement.
In our one-on-one learning program you will work closely with a qualified didgeridoo instructor trained in the Didge For Sleep method. Private therapy allows you to progress at your own pace, ensuring consistent progress every step of the way. Best of all, you can work with our teachers from anywhere in the world via Skype.
Ready to sleep better?
Our teachers are ready to work with you, whether in person in select locations including New York City, or online via videochat. Fill out our short questionnaire and you will be contacted by a Didge For Sleep representative within 48 hours.