How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Relationship
Sleep Apnea Can Affect Both You and Your Partner
Snoring can be incredibly disruptive as you and your partner try to fall asleep at night. It’s known as the third most common reason for divorce as it often results in couples sleeping in separate rooms and may create resentment between partners.
If you’re a habitual snorer or suffer from sleep apnea, your partner’s sleep efficiency rate is likely to drop nearly 20 percent. The average person needs 90 percent of quality rest each night, so when they’re constantly kept up at night, it’s reduced to almost 70 percent.
How Snoring Impacts Your Relationship
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can increase the risk of developing health complications. Your partner will also feel the effects of your sleep apnea. Both you and your partner may experience:
- Mood swings
- Morning headaches
- Frequent arguments
- Low libido
If you and your partner are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, call our Nashua office at (603) 237-1124 to seek treatment from Dr. Ura. Quality sleep is an important factor in your lifestyle including your relationships.
Listen To Your Partner’s Concerns
When your loved one continuously mentions that you snore too much or that they’re worried when you choke and gasp for air frequently at night, it’s encouraged that you listen to your partner and see a doctor. Finding an effective treatment for your sleep apnea can quickly improve your partner’s sleep and overall energy, as well as yours.
Physical symptoms of sleep apnea can deeply impact your relationships. Suffering from sleep apnea can make it difficult to positively interact with people in your life due to constant headaches. Weight gain and reticle dysfunction are also linked to sleep apnea which can cause intimacy issues.
Benefits of Getting Treatment
Your relationship will see pivotal improvements once you begin treatment for your problems. Whether you’re prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or an oral appliance, you and your partner will be able to achieve the quality of sleep you both desire. Patients who get treated for sleep apnea, see positive changes in their lifestyle and health, including:
- Heightened mental and physical performance
- Better sleep
- Reduces the risk of depression
- Improved psychological health and happiness
Frequently Asked Questions
Can sleep apnea affect hormones?
If your sleep apnea is left untreated, it can increase your:
- Blood sugar
- Fat level
- Stress hormones
- Blood pressure
This can cause problems with both your mental and physical health, as well as cause strife in your relationship. By receiving sleep apnea treatment, you can prevent future health problems from developing and improve your quality of life. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ura, call our Nashua office at (603) 237-1124 and get started on addressing your symptoms today.
Can sleep apnea affect my personality?
It’s common for untreated sleep apnea to cause changes in your personality. Individuals with sleep apnea have a higher rate of depression and experience anxiety more than people who don’t suffer from the disorder.
The more severe your sleep apnea is, the more likely you are to experience mood disorders. Sleep apnea is also associated with problems focusing, memory issues, poor decision-making, and higher stress levels.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
A sleep study is a non-invasive, overnight test to help diagnose sleep disorders. The test will record your sleep patterns, brain activity, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing, and more. This information will be studied and analyzed by technicians and sleep specialists to determine if your symptoms are sleep apneic.
Find Sleep Apnea Relief at the Center for Dental Sleep Health
If you believe you suffer from sleep apnea and want a solution, call our Nashua office at (603) 237-1124 to find a qualified sleep physician in the area. Once you’ve received your results and need to find relief, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ura so he can provide you with a comfortable and effective treatment.