Buying a didgeridoo for sleep apnea for the first time can be overwhelming - it's an uncommon instrument and you are going to use it as a device to get rid of your medical condition. Primarily, a didgeridoo promotes circular breathing. Circular breathing is special technique played on the the didgeridoo to help strengthen the upper airway muscles. This is where sleep apnea comes in.
Here are some tips on where and how to buy a didgeridoo for sleep apnea.
The following websites are good places to start:
- eBay (Ships Worldwide)
- Amazon (Ships Worldwide)
What is a Didgeridoo?
A didgeridoo or a didge is a musical wind instrument that originated in Australia. People who play the didgeridoo make use of a long, wooden wind instrument. Playing the didgeridoo is a treatment used to help those who are suffering from different types of sleep apnea such as obstructive sleep apnea and moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
How Does a Didgeridoo Help Sleep Apnea?
Specifically, playing the didgeridoo is used to treat daytime sleepiness, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. This sleep apnea treatment works by strengthening the throat muscles.
A study shows that the playing of the didgeridoo improved the sleep quality of patients and the occurrence of snoring and daytime sleepiness in those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
How Much Does a Didge Cost?
Didgeridoos come in a big range of prices. There are some very affordable plastic didgeridoos available. However, you can also find some very expensive traditionally made didgeridoos made by famous craftspeople.
For most beginners though, a mid-range, reasonably priced didgeridoo should be sufficient.
Make Your Own Didgeridoo
If you wish to venture out more and take it a bit more personal, you can actually make your own didgeridoo and save a few dollars.
The materials you need are a plastic pipe, a hacksaw, a file, a sharp knife and beeswax for the mouth piece. The easiest material you can use for your didgeridoo (and that you can find in your local hardware store) is a schedule 40 PVC pipe. Choose one that has a 1.25" or 1.5" diameter.
- 1. Measure and mark the appropriate length on the pipe, between 45-62 inches long, and cut the pipe using a hacksaw.
- 2. Using the file and knife, smooth both ends of the cut tube and remove any rough edges from cutting.
- 3. Mold beeswax over one end of the pipe for your mouthpiece.
Here's a nice video on "Making a PVC Didgeridoo in 30 Seconds":
You now have your very own hand-made didgeridoo. The choice of a store-bought didgeridoo or a homemade one is entirely up to you.
Recommendation for Beginners
As a recommendation though, beginners should start practicing on a store-bought one so you only have to focus on getting the technique right instead of worrying if you made the right type of didgeridoo for sleep apnea.
Interested in learning more about didgeridoo therapy for sleep apnea? Please click here to find out how you can cure your sleep apnea in the next 60 days using the didgeridoo.