If your snoring drives your partner crazy (or theirs drives you crazy) there might be a solution on the horizon. There is a new treatment option for snoring that includes exercising the tongue. Early research with this tongue-muscle retraining has shown that it reduces sleeping problems by about 50% after only seven days.
A new trial is now being conducted in Taiwan with 120 patients who experience sleep apnea. The patients at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Taiwan will use the tongue training for 60 minutes, three to five times a week. Or CPAP every night of three months.
They will be followed in a sleep lab to check how their sleep quality is and how their breathing is. As Jaydip Ray, a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “This is a simple, innovative concept with encouraging initial results. Larger trials are awaited to confirm the long-term benefits.”