03. June 2009 · 5 comments · Categories: Links, News, Oboe

Finally! Good news about playing oboe!

The naturalistic respiratory muscle training with high resistance wind instruments may potentially reduce musicians’ risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a research abstract that will be presented on Tuesday, June 9, at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Results suggest that instrumentalists who played high resistance, double reed woodwinds, such as the oboe, had a lower risk of OSA than other instrumentalists. No significant difference in risk for OSA was found in instrumentalists (29.1 percent) versus non-instrumentalists (33.3 percent).

Maybe doctors will start prescribing oboe lessons and lessons will be a medical expense, eh?

Sure, the article suggests more study needs to be done on this, but I don’t have sleep apnea and I play oboe, so you know it must be true.



  1. My own personal studies indicate that having one’s spousal-unit/significant other smack/shake one’s shoulder when one is sleeping on one’s back (and making obnoxious noises) is also effective…

    The cat, on the other hand, does not seem to appreciate having to get off of my chest on such occasions…

  2. Hm… if I remember correctly from first year med school, losing 15 pounds cures about 90% (or a surprising whopping majority) of sleep apnea cases. That might be more effective and less expensive (possibly?) than an oboe. Interesting theory though, the physiology sort of makes sense.

  3. I’ll bet you’re quite right, Jolene.

    But of course maybe it’s more fun to deal with an oboe than it is to deal with weight loss?

    Then again, maybe NOT! 🙂

  4. i’d rather learn oboe than have to use a CPAP machine!

  5. I’m with you, Gabriell! 🙂