Singing Exercises to Improve Symptoms of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
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.
|Snoring Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome Obstructive Sleep Apnea||Behavioral: Singing exercises|
|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|
- Epworth sleepiness scale [ Time Frame: Entry to study (day one), and after 3 months of intervention ]
- 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'
|Study Start Date:||November 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2007|
|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)
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01322334
|Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust|
|Exeter, United Kingdom, EX2 5DW|
|Principal Investigator:||Malcolm P Hilton, BMBCh FRCS||Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust|