To cure snoring, play the flute

To cure snoring, play the flute


norman lebrecht

April 18, 2015

A paper presented at the Sleep and Breathing Conference 2015 in Barcelona suggests that playing the flute can cure or prevent the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnoea.

A team of Indian researchers tested lung function in 64 people who played a wind instrument and 65 who did not. There was no significant difference in lung function, but those who played snored less.

Report here.

richard taylor flute

It may also help to play the flute at the person who is snoring. Varese Density 21.5 is a pretty good deterrent.


  • Julian Rowlands says:

    It would be interesting to know which instruments were played by the subjects. The headline says flute but the text says wind instruments. I wonder if embouchure and soft palate tone play a role.

  • Zach Thalman says:

    Can you really say that the flute would help you to not snore? I am a little skeptical about this but I know that if you play the flute you have to breathe a certain way so you don’t have to worry about running out of air. That breathing technique may help to keep people from snoring. Luckily there are other treatments if this method doesn’t work for you.

  • Mel says:

    I’ve heard singing as well (for basically the same reasons). Mel at stopsnoringrx

  • Belesprit says:

    I have played flute for decades yet drive my husband crazy with my snoring….