My wife has sleep apnea and me an insomniac. For years my job was to bum-bump her through the night if i detected any disruption in her breathing (aka snoring volume). She’s got a cpap and now she snorkels her self to sleep every night with nary a gurgle.
While tinkering with audio software today, looking at the spectrum analyser output of me talking, singing, breathing, it occurred to me that maybe a basic audio test could “hear” the likelihood of the condition. So I googled it and found ” https://aasm.org/simple-analysis-of-breathing-sounds-while-awake-can-detect-obstructive-sleep-apnea/ ” from 2011.
Is there research where someone is recorded breathing, make certain sounds and an OSA diagnosis can be confidently made?
other thoughts I’m having…
One sentence from that article in particular triggered me.
The treatment of choice for OSA is CPAP therapy, which provides a steady stream of air through a mask that is worn during sleep.
yet the condition is described thusly,
OSA is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway.
If the problem is an over relaxation of the muscles (except if otherwise caused by injury, etc) then wouldn’t the ‘choice’ treatment be to strengthen the muscles so they don’t go so jelly? is that possible? I personally believe it is and practice it daily. Singing! are there singers with OSA? If not, then how interesting. if so, then is it possible toning throat muscles in some other way would help? what other ways could there be? yodeling? Mongolian throat whistling? Didgeridoo?