A research team in India tested lung function on 64 people who played a wind instrument against a group of 65 people who did not play a wind instrument. Both groups completed the Berlin questionnaire, a series of questions designed to identify whether a patient is at risk for sleep apnea.
While compiling the results of the questionnaires the research team found that the group who played wind instruments had a reduced risk of developing sleep apnea. The researchers think that this is because wind instrument players tend to have more developed muscle tone in the upper airways.
According to Silas Daniel Raj, a member of the research team “The findings of our small study present an interesting theory on preventative measures or treatment in sleep apnea. If the findings are confirmed in larger groups, wind instrument playing could become a cheap and non-invasive method of preventing sleep apnea in those at risk of developing the condition.”
So perhaps it’s time for us all to dust off our flutes and trumpets from high school and start playing our way to a better night of sleep.