Throat Exercises Can Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing as s/he sleeps because the trachea becomes blocked. This can happen for several different reasons, but usually it happens because the person has a narrow throat and the surrounding muscles relax and cover the throat area. The person is usually unaware that this is happening and usually feels very sleepy during the day. If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious problems with blood pressure and heart health. Once diagnosed, sleep apnea can be managed and treated. The general solution is a machine that uses continuous positive airway pressure to keep the airway open. This allows the person to breathe easily at night. However, these breathing machines can be expensive and uncomfortable because of the mask that needs to be worn on the face. There are also some side effects such as congestion.
Now, a simple way to aid in the treatment of sleep apnea has been suggested. Doing exercises to strengthen the throat may help because they build muscles around the airway, potentially preventing them from collapsing over the airway. The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine published a study in 2009 in which the scientists studied a group of patients with sleep apnea over a three month period. The patients were divided into two groups. One group was taught to do daily breathing exercises while the other group was taught to do 30 minutes of throat exercises. The throat exercises included swallowing and chewing movements, pronunciation of vowels in a quick manner, and moving the tongue across the palate.
After the three month period, the scientists found that the group that did the throat exercises slept better and snored less often. Their sleep apnea had also reduced by 39 percent. Their neck circumference had also reduced. The other group showed no improvement. Other studies have been done and have also found similar results. One study found that playing instruments that involve the airway, like a didgeridoo, can also reduce sleep apnea. While these methods of easing sleep apnea are not a cure, they are certainly good aids that are also inexpensive.
Translation by Desiree Ficarra
Le dormajay apneo estats estado enu kyo le persono tceswats spirare dumke dya dormats kawske la trakeo stopfyats. Tiso povats okazare kawsu rujna razonoy, coe uzuale dwa okazats kawske la persono havats nucta trakeo ce la tcirka muskloy relaksyats ce kovrats la gorjay arelo. La persono no uzuale koncats ke tiso naokazats ce uzuale sentats mutce somnica dumu la dago. Ci dwa no gemedikats, dormajay apneo povats dutcare alu grava problemoy je sangay presenso ce kworay sanayto. Ci dwa gediagnozats, le dormajay apneo povats gemanedjare ce gemedikare. La djenerala solvo estats macino kyo uzats kontinua pozitiva trakeay presenso furu vajdware ke la trakeo estats aperta. Tiso permitats ke la persono spirats facile dumu la nakto. Icoe, tisa furspiraja macinoy mocats estare kusta ce nonkomforta kawsu la masko kyo brawkats getrazare onu la litso. Dze estats teze botcna geefikoy kyasu kondjestayto.
Nune, simpla medio je helpare la medikajo jwi dormajay apneo gisugestats. Praksajoy cfuru fortware la gorjo mocats helpare kawske dway fortwats muskloy ctcirku la trakeo ce posible preventats ke dwoy kolapsats awnu la trakeo. La Amerikay Tcasopo Jwe Respirajway Ce Kritic-Zorgajway Medicino publikits studajo anu 2009 enu kyo la siensistoy studits grupo jwe patientoy javu dormajay apneo dumu tresmonata tempo. La patientoy geseparwits ayu dusa grupoy. Una grupo godocits farare cakdjurna spirajway praksajoy, coe la otra grupo godocits farare tresdeca minutoy jwe gorjway praksajoy. La gorjway praksajoy inkludits sfelgajay ce mastikajay movyajoy, rapida pronunsajo jwi vawloy ce movwajo jwi la lango jatravu la palato.
Postu la tresmonata tempo, la siensistoy trovits ke la grupo kyo farits la gorjway praksajoy dormits pluse bone ce stertits mwene ofte. Dyoyza dormajay apneo teze nidekrecyits kwantu tresdec-nawfa percentoy. Dyoyza kwelay cirkumferenso teze nidekrecyits. La otra grupo no montrits plusbonyajo. Otra studajoy gifarats ce teze nitrovats simila rezultoy. Una studajo trovits ke le sontajo jwi instrumentoy kyo uzats la trakeo kyasu didjeriduo povats teze dekrecware dormajay apneo. Trotske tisa metodoy je lindrare dormajay apneo no estats rekupwajo, dway estats certe bona helpoy kyo estats teze tcepa.
gorjway praksajoy (throat exercises) is a noun phrase containing the Type II relational adjective gorjway, which is derived from the noun gorjo (throat). This construction denotes that the throat is the object of the exercises.
dormajay apneo (sleep apnea) is a noun phrase containing the Type I relational adjective dormajay, which is derived from the verb dormare (to sleep). This construction denotes that the apnea is part of the sleep.
le dormajay apneo (sleep apnea) is a noun phrase containing the Type I relational adjective dormajay, which is derived from the verb dormare (to sleep). This phrase also uses the individual generic article le, and can be translated in English as ‘the typical event of sleep apnea.’
stopfyats (becomes blocked) is the becomative verb form belonging to the intransitive/transitive verb pair /stopf(y/w)are (to become blocked / to cause to be blocked).
relaksyats (relax) is the becomative verb form belonging to the intransitive/transitive verb pair relaks(y/w)are (to become relaxed / to cause to be relaxed).
arelo (area) is a noun denoting the physical two dimensional space, which is distinct from areo (area (quantity)).
sangay presenso (blood pressure) is a noun phrase containing the Type I relational adjective sangay, which is derived from the noun sango (blood). The compound noun presenso is derived from the verb presare (to exert pressure on) and has the degree abstraction suffix -ens- so that the literal translation is ‘degree of pressure’. The expanded phrase in English is ‘pressure of the blood.’
kworay sanayto (heart health) is a noun phrase containing the Type I relational adjective kworay, which is derived from the noun kworo (heart). The compound noun sanayto is derived from the adjective sana (well, healthy) and has the state abstraction suffix –ayt- so that the literal translation is ‘state of health.’ The expanded phrase in English is ‘health of the heart.’
 vajdware ke la trakeo estats aperta (to keep the airway open) is a phrase that is translated as ‘to maintain that the trachea is open.’ Ayola uses the causative verb vajdware, which belongs to the intransitive/transitive verb pair vajd(y/w)are (to continue/ to (cause to) continue).
furspiraja macinoy (breathing machines) is a noun phrase using the complex adjective furspiraja (for (the event of) breathing) formed by prefixing the preposition root fur- (for the purpose of) to the event abstraction noun root spiraj- ((event of) breathing).
geefikoy (effects) is the plural derived object noun of the verb efikare (to cause or produce a result), i.e. geefiko (effect, what is produced).
muskloy ctcirku la trakeo (muscles around the airway) is noun phrase using the link ctcirku formed from the preposition tcirku (about (around, surrounding)).
La Amerikay Tcasopo Jwe Respirajway Ce Kritic-Zorgajway Medicino (The American Jounral of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine) is the title of an official journal. For longer titles of journals, organizations, etc. Ayola does not use the –n ending. Instead, it uses the definite article La at the beginning of the title. In this title, the link jwe is used to link tcasopo (journal) to its contents. The complex adjective kritic-zorgajway is a Type II relational adjective meaning ‘critical-care.’
grupo jwe patientoy (group of patients) is a noun phrase using the link jwe (of (containing)) which links the noun grupo (group) to its contents patientoy (patients).
patientoy javu dormajay apneo (patients with sleep apnea) is a noun phrase using the link javu formed from the preposition avu (with (having as feature)).
tresmonata tempo (three-month period) is a noun phrase using the complex adjective tresmonata (having three months) formed by joining the number root tres- (three) to the noun root monat- (month) and adding the –a ending.
geseparwits (were divided) is the passive form of the causative verb separware (to divide). The passive voice is needed in this instance because the separation of the groups needs an agent to do the separating.
ayu (into) is a preposition meaning ‘into (final state).’
godocits (was taught (to)) is an indirect object passive verb formed with the indirect object passive prefix go-, which is distinct from the direct object passive prefix ge-.
cakdjurna spirajway praksajoy (daily breathing exercises) is a noun phrase containing the complex adjective cakdjurnwa (on each day) formed by joining the quantifier cak- (each) to the noun root djurn- (day) and adding the –a ending. This phrase also uses the Type II relational adjective spirajway (of (as object) breathing) which is derived from the event abstraction noun spirajo ((event of) breathing).
sfelgajay ce mastikajay movyajoy (swallowing and chewing movements) is a noun phrase containing the event abstraction noun movyajo derived from the intransitive verb movyare belonging to the intransitive/transitive verb pair mov(y/w)are (to move / to (cause to) move). It also contains the Type I relational adjectives sfelgajay (of swallowing) and mastikajay (of chewing).
movwajo jwi la lango jatravu la palato (moving the tongue across the palate) is a noun phrase containing the event abstraction noun movwajo, which is derived from the transitive verb movware which belongs to the intransitive/transitive pair mov(y/w)are (to move / to (cause to) move). It also uses the link jwi (of (as direct object)) which links the action (movwajo) to the object of that action (la lango). The phrase also uses the link jatravu formed from the preposition atravu (across (going across)).
nidekrecyits (had reduced) is the past perfect verb form of the intransitive verb dekrecyare which belongs to the intransitive/transitive pair dekrec(y/w)are (to decrease / to (cause to) decrease).
plusbonyajo (improvement) is a noun that is formed by joining the comparative root plus- (more), the adjective root -bon- (good), the becomative suffix -y- (to come to be), and the event abstraction suffix –aj-.
dekrecware (reduce) is the transitive verb form which belongs to the intransitive/transitive verb pair dekrec(y/w)are (to decrease / to (cause to) decrease).
rekuperwajo (cure) is an event abstraction noun that is derived from the causative verb rekuperware which belongs to the intransitive/transitive verb pair rekuper(y/w)are (to recover / to (cause to) recover).