From patient to inventor

It all started with a diagnosis: after a sleep laboratory measurement at the Wald Höhenklinik in 2000, Alex Suarez found out that he suffered from mild to moderate sleep apnea, which was accompanied by heavy snoring.

What did that mean for him? As a therapeutic measure, he should now wear a CPAP mask at night. The mask was uncomfortable, pinched on his face and prevented him from moving freely - he could barely close an eye.

Many questions went through Alex Suarez's mind: Would he ever be able to sleep without the CPAP mask again? Did he always have to lug the device with him when he was traveling? He couldn't believe that there was no natural and more effective method.

He wanted to find his own way to get rid of sleep apnea. But how?

Finally, on a trip, he made a crucial observation.

Alex Suarez

Alex Suarez hosted a martial arts seminar in Ibiza. One afternoon, one of his students was playing a traditional didgeridoo. He noticed how the student's neck muscles moved.

Alex Suarez knew that his sleep apnea was caused by his throat and pharynx. Could this instrument be the solution?


He began to deal with the didgeridoo, developed a special form of the instrument and his own method of playing the didgeridoo.

For three months he used this method on himself - it happened that nobody expected: A new measurement in the sleep laboratory confirmed: There were no longer any signs of illness, and there was no longer any snoring.


How was that possible? The Höhenklinik Wald and the University Hospital Zurich became aware of this remarkable success. They asked Alex Suarez if he would be interested in leading a patient study with his new method.

Was the success just a coincidence? Or could other patients also benefit from the method?

Alex Suarez did not hesitate: he wanted to participate in research and share his method with other people.


The Study Began - Would It Really Work?

Alex Suarez optimized the Medical Didgeridoo® for the first patient study. It consisted of a 3-part acrylic glass tube.


The first study showed success: The Asate therapy had a positive effect on sleep apnea and snoring. The results of the study were then published in the renowned British Medical Journal (BMJ).


A way was sought to enable all those affected to have access to Asate therapy: Asate AG was founded.


Meanwhile, a second study was supposed to produce further findings: The aim was to find out which changes in the throat and pharynx would take place when the Asate therapy was used.

In this study, patients were examined before and after therapy under MRI (magnetic resonance tomography) in the neck cross-section.

The study found that the amount of fat in the throat and pharynx was significantly reduced.

It was also found that the more intensely the medical didgeridoo® was played and trained, the faster the sleep apnea and snoring improved.


The University Hospital Zurich presented the impressive interim results and a summary of the first study at the European Congress of Pneumology.


In the second research with the University Hospital Zurich, the results could be confirmed again: The therapy invented and developed by Alex Suarez showed measurable improvements. The lead study physician Prof. Dr. med. Milo Puhan described the therapy as "spectacular".

Alex Suarez knew that if he were to guide patients personally, he could only help a limited number of people.

But what about all those people who would have no way of coming to him? He decided to digitize his therapeutic approach together with his son. The idea for Silent Sleep Training was born.


Aron Suarez, Alex's son, definitely got involved in the project. He worked in the digital world and was well versed in the field.


Alex Suarez's belief in his idea and the scientists' research were rewarded: Their study was selected from over 9,000 nominated projects and was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize at Harvard University.


The first prototype of the new and much more manageable medical didgeridoo was produced. And the development of the digital product was also in full swing.


In extensive tests, the Silent Sleep Training was checked and developed for user-friendliness, systematics and the technical processes.


Silent Sleep Training came onto the market in spring. In the first phase the product was available in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.


The Silent Sleep Training is constantly being developed so that people who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring can be helped.

The team behind Silent Sleep Training does everything to make this product accessible to people all over the world.

And the research is also ongoing: a clinical study on silent sleep training is currently taking place at the medical faculty of the renowned Stanford University in the USA.

We stay tuned!