Sleep Apnea & Snoring
There are many reasons to seek treatment for your sleep apnea and snoring, including improving your overall health and wellbeing. But did you realize that leaving your sleep disorder untreated can also seriously impact the people around you? In particular, the heaving snoring and restless sleep that accompanies sleep apnea also disrupts the sleep of spouses and sleep partners, often leading to serious relationship problems.
The Consequences of Untreated Snoring and Sleep Apnea
For the person who has sleep apnea, the condition puts them at a higher risk of developing many chronic diseases and other health conditions. However, as partners of snorers or sleep apnea sufferers, the condition can affect them as well.
Both the sleep apnea sufferer and his or her bed partner can experience negative consequences such as:
- Restless sleep
- Sleep deprivation and insomnia
- Mood changes and mood swings
- Fatigue or sleepiness during the day
- Morning headaches
- Decreased interest in sex
- Feelings of resentment
- Increase in arguments
All of these issues can damage intimacy and put unnecessary strain on your relationship. A full night of uninterrupted, restorative sleep is vitally important for physical and mental health as well as the health of a relationship. Ultimately, your significant other may sleep in a different room in an attempt to get the sleep they need, which causes a further rift between the two of you.
What You Can Do
First, realize that you’re not alone. The National Sleep Foundation found that among people who are married or living together, two out of three say that their sleep partner snores.
Whether you’re a sleep apnea sufferer or the partner of one, we want you to know you can improve the situation with proper treatment.
Finding the Right Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
At Amherst Village Dental, we’re here to help. Dr. Ang is committed to finding sleep apnea treatments that can help you and your loved one get the restorative sleep needed to restore health and happiness in your relationship.
Many sleep apnea sufferers are first given a CPAP machine to treat their condition. However, many people find that the bulky mask is too uncomfortable to wear and the loud noise the machine makes keeps them and their bed partner awake. Dr. Ang offers small, portable, convenient oral appliances to treat snoring and sleep apnea. These appliances make no noise and effectively treat sleep apnea without affecting the people around you–except for allowing them to get a full night’s rest.