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Want to prevent sleep apnea? Go to Band Camp

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Band geeks rule and we now have the science to prove it. According to a recent study, playing a wind instrument seems to provide protection from obstructive sleep apnea. This condition, where the muscles in the back of the throat relax, briefly cutting off oxygen, can lead to fatigue, headaches and high blood pressure—not to mention waking up gasping for air. This might be where musicians are more fit than football players. Ask anyone who had to march in formation on a football field or two miles in a parade; you develop some pretty powerful throat muscles. And you don’t need to play the tuba to be protected—everyone from the piccolo to the saxophone to the French horn players were…

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