4th Edition (Released August 2016).
It is vital in singing to have good muscle control over the soft palate and upper throat. These are the very 'pharyngeal' muscles which, when lacking in tone, can cause snoring. Singers use singing exercises to develop 'pharyngeal fitness'.
Compared to surgical intervention Singing for Snorers offers a harmless, healthy, non-invasive, inexpensive, even enjoyable way to restore the throat's tone. And indeed for those wary of starting to snore, it offers a way to prevent tone loss from occurring. Furthermore singing helps improve breathing and strengthens the diaphragm.
The Singing for Snorers exercises are specifically designed for snorers to target and tone the areas of the throat where the snoring vibration can take place. They focus on the muscles that control the soft palate, the palatopharyngeal arch, the movement of the tongue (especially forwards and back) and the naso-pharynx, which is the region of the pharynx up behind the soft palate which leads to the nose. The exercises use sounds and tunes selected for the strong movements they cause in these areas. Their long-term aim is pharyngeal fitness: a toned, athletic pharynx that is no longer predisposed to collapse and vibrate in sleep; and which is also wider, resulting in a gentler, less turbulent breath. Of equal importance, the exercises are designed to be fun and to raise the spirits!
The results of a clinical trial of Singing for Snorers at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, UK have been published. The trial was a randomised controlled trial using the Singing for Snorers exercises with two patient groups: patients with a chronic snoring problem and patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. The trial took place at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Exeter, UK. The author of the paper, Consultant Otolaryngologist Malcolm Hilton BM BCh FRCS, reports that there was a statistically significant reduction in frequency of snoring and daytime sleepiness after three months intervention using the Singing for Snorers exercises.