PODCAST. Sixth Science Series 86: Strengthening the tongue in the face of sleep apnea – Sciences et Avenir

Strain your tongue for 20 minutes a day to fight sleep apnea. Are you ready for the original bodybuilding session? Then listen to the 86th edition of Sixth Science, science podcast Sciences et Avenir and 20 Minutes. At the microphone Silvia Rio Millio, Head of Health at Sciences et Avenir, answers questions from Romain Goulumes from the 20 Minutes program and talks all about lingual rehabilitation, an additional tool used in the treatment of sleep apnea.

BUT functional myotherapy is still little studied

This sleep disorder most often has a mechanical origin, since various factors are the cause of the decrease in air permeability. He is defined by too many pauses in breathing during sleep, the consequences of which, in addition to drowsiness and daytime fatigue, can also be metabolic and cardiovascular, making it serious.

The technique of lingual rehabilitation, also called functional myotherapy, still little studied and therefore little practiced due to the insufficient number of specialized physiotherapists, can actually help so many interested people, three million in France, one billion in the world. An example in Bordeaux with a specialized and interdisciplinary team from the New Bel Air clinic, where the journalist ended up.

stick out your tongue, click it

The goal here is to strengthen and tone this 17-muscle organ, which over time tends to become infiltrated with fat and lose its tone. In practice, patients learn from the exercises carried out with physiotherapists to stick out the tongue from left to right, lift it, spank itR…

Obviously, when it comes to sleep apnea, there are different degrees of severity. Objective when recording sleep is the number of complete (apnea) or partial (hypopnea) breathing pauses to assess their severity and calculate the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) per hour of sleep. It is considered normal from 0 to 5, in severe forms it can exceed 30. However, studies have accurately shown that daily linguistic physiotherapy for 20 minutes for 6 months can reduce the figure by 50%.

Are you interested in the topic? It can be found in full in the summer issue of Sciences et Avenir, on newsstands from late July, or on the website. When you’ve read or re-read everything, you can also browse all of the Sixth Science archives and subscribe to the Apple Podcast for free..

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