Oropharyngeal exercises are a series of exercises that strengthen and tone the muscles around the soft palate and airway (oropharynx) in order to maintain their tautness during sleep. Thus helping to prevent these muscles from vibrating and obstructing the airway at night.
These exercises can be practiced with Oxygen Advantage or Buteyko breathwork allowing you to tackle most of the contributing factors involved with snoring and sleep apnea:
High Loop Gain (low tolerance to carbon dioxide)
Floppy airway muscles
Poor tongue posture
Of course, practising these together also means that you will not have to devote any extra time to working out these muscles; our breathwork and oropharyngeal exercises can be done at the same time.
As with any type of workout regimen, it requires time and effort for these mouth exercises and breathwork to have an effect. However if committed, results from our students and elsewhere are promising. Independently, a significant number of snorers and those with mild to moderate OSA have reported that these exercises lead to less snoring and better sleep.
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