Oro-facial & Tongue Exercises for Sleep Apnea

I was recently asked about references for orofacial or tongue exercises for sleep apnea. In my experience, all these exercises work to various degrees. There are a number of resources on the internet that I know of:

Janet Bennet has a DVD/training program for snoring. She’s a speech pathologist that accidentally discovered that exercises for tongue thrust helped with snoring significantly.

This paper showed that orofacial exercises can significantly reduce snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea. There’s even a free short video that shows the various exercises.

A paid exercise program for sleep apnea. A more condensed, free version can be found here.

This is not an oral or tongue exercise, but  playing the didgeridoo has been to be found helpful.

There are even singing exercises for snoring.

Have you tried any of these options, and if so, how well did it work?

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5 thoughts on “Oro-facial & Tongue Exercises for Sleep Apnea

  1. Cancel my previous question regarding if this would help UARS patients. I found the answer to my questions on Janet Bennet’s web site. Also, in reading her literature, if anyone orders off of her website type in the word “research” to receive an 11% discount.

  2. I forgot to add the word “research” should be entered on the order page where it says “do you have a coupon.”

  3. I did the tongue exercises but after about 7 weeks I quit because they require you to be able to nasal breathe which I am apparently unable to do currently. I also use a tongue retaining device and this prevented me from doing some of the tongue exercises.