The researchers believe this is due to the increased muscle tone in the upper airways, which wind instrument players are likely to have."The findings of our study present an interesting theory on preventative measures or treatment in sleep apnoea," said one of the authors of the study, Silas Daniel Raj.Wind instrument playing could become a cheap and non-invasive method of preventing sleep apnoea in those at risk of developing the condition, Raj pointed out.

Raj and his colleagues conducted lung function testing in 64 people who played a wind instrument and compared results to a control group of 65 people who did not play any wind instruments.All participants also completed the Berlin questionnaire, an established method used to assess the risk of sleep apnoea.

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