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Singing Exercises to Improve Symptoms of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01322334
First Posted: March 24, 2011
Last Update Posted: March 24, 2011
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Information provided by:
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  Purpose

Upper airway resistance during sleep can present with a range of symptoms from simple snoring (SS) through to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Pharyngeal narrowing or collapse leads to reduction or cessation in airflow during sleep, and is associated with loud snoring.

The investigators hypothesized that regular singing exercises could strengthen pharyngeal muscles and/or increase their resting tone, and lead to an improvement of symptoms and thus quality of life in patients with all forms of snoring.


Condition Intervention
Snoring Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome Obstructive Sleep Apnea Behavioral: Singing exercises

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Single Blinded Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial to Investigate Whether Singing Exercises Can Improve Symptoms of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Further study details as provided by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Epworth sleepiness scale [ Time Frame: Entry to study (day one), and after 3 months of intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Loudness of snoring [ Time Frame: Entry to study (day one), and 3 months after intervention ]
    Visual analogue scale rating

  • Frequency of snoring [ Time Frame: Entry to study (day one), and 3 months after intervention ]
    Visual analogue scale rating

  • SF-36 quality of life assessment tool [ Time Frame: Entry to study (day one), and 3 months after intervention ]
  • Compliance with exercises [ Time Frame: After 3 months of intervention ]
    Applied only to intervention group. Rated on visual analogue scale of 100mm from 'never' to 'every day'


Enrollment: 127
Study Start Date: November 2005
Study Completion Date: November 2007
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Singing exercises Behavioral: Singing exercises
A 3 month self-guided treatment based on a specially designed 3CD box set, which patient performed every day ('Singing for Snorers': UK)

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18 years old or over
  • history of simple snoring or sleep apnoea with RDI 10-40

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe sleep apnoea RDI >40
  • morbid obesity BMI > 40
  • unable to provide written informed consent
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01322334


Locations
United Kingdom
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Exeter, United Kingdom, EX2 5DW
Sponsors and Collaborators
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Malcolm P Hilton, BMBCh FRCS Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  More Information

Responsible Party: Malcolm Hilton, Consultant Otolaryngologist and Clinical Lecturer, Royal Devon & Exeter hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01322334     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Hil2003/SE
First Submitted: March 23, 2011
First Posted: March 24, 2011
Last Update Posted: March 24, 2011
Last Verified: March 2011

Keywords provided by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust:
Snoring
Sleep apnea
Pharyngeal muscle tone

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Apnea
Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Sleep Apnea, Obstructive
Snoring
Respiration Disorders
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Signs and Symptoms
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Dyssomnias
Sleep Wake Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Respiratory Sounds