The Buteyko Breathing Technique approach to
Sleep apnea is a complex condition that requires attention from various medical professionals.
Research shows that adopting healthy breathing habits can contribute to improving symptoms.
Disturbed night-time breathing has been shown to be an extension of poor daytime breathing.
While it's not possible to provide any guarantees, people with central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, a combination, or those who have symptoms of sleep apnea but have yet to be diagnosed, may possibly experience improvement when they apply themselves to the breathing exercises and lifestyle changes discovered by Dr. Buteyko.
People using a CPAP Machine, a dental appliance or nothing are welcome to join a class.
The Buteyko philosophy is to support and strengthen respiratory fitness.
For more information about the healthy breathing habits and lifestyle strategies for relaxation that we teach in classes, click here.
The Buteyko Breathing Technique and other breathing-retraining strategies we teach are an alternative approach and are not the practice of medicine, psychology, or a form of psychotherapy, nor are they a substitute for seeking medical or psychological advice from an appropriate professional health-care provider. We want to make the important distinction between using the Buteyko Breathing Technique and other breathing-retraining strategies for health and well-being and the practice of medicine, psychology or any other licensed health-care profession.
There have been no clinical trials testing the effect of the Buteyko Breathing Technique for sleep-apnea patients.
Here are some anecdotal references to be considered at reader discretion.
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Published Scientific Studies
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Con: Sleep apnea is not an anatomic disorder. Strohl KP. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med .2003; 168: 271–272.
Is chronic hyperventilation syndrome a risk factor for sleep apnea? Coffee JC. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2006; 10: Part 1,134–146; Part 2, 166-174.
A possible mechanism for mixed apnea in obstructive sleep apnea. Iber C, Davies S, Chapman RC and Mahowald MM. Chest 1986; 89: 800–805.
Crossing the apneic threshold: Causes and consequences. Dempsey, Jerome A. 2004.Julius H. Comroe Memorial Lecture – Experimental Biology,Washington DC. April 2004. Physiology in Press; published online on 30 November 2004 as 10.1113/expphysiol.2004.028985.
The ventilatory responsiveness to CO2 below eupnoea as a determinant of ventilatory stability in sleep. Dempsey JA, Smith CA, Przybylowski T, Chenuel B, Xie A, Nakayama H and Skatrud JB. J Physiol. 2004; 560: 1–11.
Low-concentration carbon dioxide is an effective adjunct to positive airway pressure in the treatment of refractory mixed central and obstructive sleep-disordered breathing. Thomas RJ, Daly RW and Weiss JW. Sleep 2005; 28: 12–
Alteration in obstructive apnea pattern induced by changes in oxygen and carbon-dioxide-inspired concentrations. Hudgel DW, Hendricks C and Dadley A. Am Rev Respir Dis. July, 1988; 138(1) 16–9
Didgeridoo playing as alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome: randomised controlled trial. Puhan MA, Suarez A, Lo Cascio C, Zahn A, Heitz M and Braendli O. BMJ February 2006; 332 (7536): 266–70.
Clinical Review: Sleep Apnoea - A survey of breathing retraining. Birch M. Australian Nursing Journal October 2012, 20:(4) 40-41.