Snoring affects approximately 90 million American adults and 37 million on a regular basis across all ages and both genders, according to the National Sleep Foundation. In case you missed Good Morning America this morning, Totum Health Founder, Lisa A. Liberatore, MD discussed the potential for easy mouth and tongue exercises to help lessen the chances and severity of snoring.
A recent study published in the journal CHEST, practicing oropharyngeal (mouth and tongue) exercises can significantly reduce snoring frequency for patients with primary snoring or mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The researchers required the therapy group to do four exercises including:
· Pushing the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth and sliding the tongue backward
· Sucking the tongue upward against the roof of the mouth, and pressing the entire tongue against the roof of the mouth
· Forcing the back of the tongue against the floor of the mouth while keeping the tip of the tongue in contact with the bottom, front teeth
· And elevating the back of the roof of the mouth and uvula while saying the vowel “A”
If you or a loved one suffer from snoring or untreated sleep apnea, please give our office a call at 212-288-2222!