Sleep Apnea and Your Relationship
The Truth: Sleep Apnea and Snoring Can Affect Your Marriage
Did you know that snoring is the third leading cause of divorce in the United States?
When all is said and done, cozying into bed with your partner should be what you look forward to at the end of the day. But when that simple pleasure is interrupted by excessive snoring, it’s time to seek a solution before it’s too late.
An absence of restful sleep means being irritable the next day, causing arguments and mood swings.
Before seeking professional treatment, many couples resort to wearing ear plugs or sleep separately to avoid hearing their partner snore. None of these benefit the relationship — it actually creates distance and lack of intimacy.
Dr. Sage White wants you to maintain a happy and healthy relationship, and has helped many satisfied patients reclaim their sleep and their marriage. Discover how he can help you manage your sleep apnea.
Seeking Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Excessive snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, but it can be treated on its own, too. To be treated for sleep apnea, you must be properly diagnosed by a qualified sleep physician. We offer a take-home sleep apnea test so you can take the test in the comfort of your own home .
Once you’ve taken the test and the results have been reviewed by a physician, Dr. White can determine the best treatment for you.
Many sleep specialists recommend CPAP treatment for patients with sleep apnea. For those who find it uncomfortable, Dr. White happily offers an array of alternatives to CPAP, including comfortable oral appliances (also known as snore guards).
Seeking treatment can be intimidating, but taking action towards relief will be so rewarding.
Tips for Couples With Sleep Disorders
In many cases of couples with sleep disorders, the tension that builds from not confronting the issue will cause great friction in the relationship. Speaking up about your partner’s symptoms and working on a solution together can save your relationship.
Many couples deal with this issue, so you are not alone. Here are some useful tips for both you and your partner:
- Communicate: An honest, open conversation about what you are experiencing will open the door to finding treatment and bring about understanding.
- Take a sleep test: Undergoing a sleep study will solidify the issue and help you reclaim control of your health.
- Listen to your doctor: Sleep apnea isn’t an easy thing to deal with. We understand. We want to help, and we will talk to you through any embarrassment, questions or concerns you or your partner may have.
- Look after your general health: Many specialists recommend positive lifestyle changes in addition to prescribed treatment for sleep apnea. Your physical health impacts your symptoms. Adapting new habits alone or with your partner will strengthen your bond and ensure your good health lasts.
- Make changes in the bedroom: Your environment absolutely affects how well you sleep. Making sure your bedroom is comfortable, peaceful and set up for a good night’s rest can make a huge difference.
- Look for solutions, both short and long term: Immediate relief can make a huge difference, and seeking long term solutions will provide peace of mind for years to come.
- Make sleeping fun: Getting to sleep with your partner at night should be a source of joy and optimism, not dread. Talk to each other about positive things — even cuddling can ease you into a fitful, happy sleep.
- Be patient and support your partner: Managing a sleep disorder is extremely hard. Validation is crucial. Although it can take a lot of work to manage sleep apnea, it is so worth it in the long run.
Start Your New Life With Dr. Sage White
At Southern Utah Sleep & TMJ Center, we understand how important your relationship is to you. We want you to have every reason to enjoy all the joy life has to offer, starting with a good night’s sleep. Call (435) 267-0485 to schedule your no-obligation consultation at our Cedar City office today. We can’t wait to meet you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can sleep apnea affect hormones?
If sleep apnea is left untreated for even a few days, it can increase blood sugar, fat levels, stress hormones, and blood pressure. This can lead to problems with your mental and physical health, as well as your relationship. If you have sleep apnea, seeking treatment will help prevent future health complications and improve your quality of life. Contact our Cedar City office for more information on how Dr. Sage White can help treat sleep apnea.
Can sleep apnea change your personality?
People with sleep apnea have a higher rate of depression and experience anxiety more often than people who don’t suffer from the condition. The more severe your sleep apnea is, the more likely you are to experience mood disorders. Sleep apnea is also associated with difficulty focusing, memory problems, poor decision-making, and stress.