TAMPA (FOX 13) - Singing can boost mood, energy and one's sense of well-being, but some now believe it could help curtail snoring.
A small study by researchers in the U.K. used a program called Singing for Snorers and showed some benefit in reducing sleepiness and frequency of snoring, but there was not a significant reduction in the loudness.
The study took place over a three month period.
In an effort to see if some of the most disciplined vocalists saw a benefit in their rigorous routine, (they were not using the Singing for Snorers program), FOX 13 News talked with members of Tampa based Heralds of Harmony.
The a cappella group ranked ninth at the International Barbershop Convention competition last year.
Frank Bovino joined the group in 1977 after hearing barbershop music on television.
"This was like no music I'd ever heard before in my life. It was great, because of the chords, and the expansion of sound, it was just phenomenal. I loved it," he said with a smile.
The 50-member team meets regularly. Many members also sing in smaller barbershop quartets. That translates into six or seven hours of singing every Monday night. They also practice on off days, at home.
Charlie Nelson said he believes is has increased his physical stamina.
"I think I'm certainly stronger vocally and it follows the reason that the mechanism is stronger, the muscles are stronger, so yeah, I would say that I feel that I'm stronger from singing," Nelson explained.
Patrick Bauer added, along with the vocal gymnastics, he also treats a deviated septum with nasal sprays and medication.
"Just within the last two years, my wife is telling me that my snoring is pretty much gone," Bauer said.
While Steve Matheson told FOX 13 News, "my snoring has reduced. This comes from my wife, who said it would be ok to say that it has reduced."
He was not sure if it's the singing that's making the difference.
Understanding why it may or may not work starts with understanding the reasons people snore. For many, excess weight and neck size play a role. Sometimes the brain triggers snoring. For others, the muscles in the palate become lax, and block the airway, especially when lying down - a problem that some believe may improved with exercise.
In the U.K. study, exercises worked best for people who were not overweight, didn't have nasal problems and began snoring in middle age.