When you snore incessantly throughout the night chances are your bed partner is feeling more of the effects than you can fathom. They are the ones who alert you to how your gasping and choking for air can undermine relationship progress. Oftentimes, your partner has to sleep in another room to escape the annoyance. If the snoring progresses and is left untreated, sleep apnea could result. This potentially fatal condition can take a toll on your relationship.
Signs You Suffer From Sleep Apnea
Before you rush to any conclusions regarding your relationship and sleeping habits, it’s a good idea to recognize the signs of this sleep disorder. Oftentimes, a dentist or sleep professional will administer a sleep questionnaire to identify areas of concern between your sleep condition and how it affects your bed partner. Here are a few red flags to watch for:
-Intermittent gasps for air during the night
-Waking up several times throughout the night
-Lack of energy during the day
-A tendency to lash out towards those close to you
-Headaches–particularly in the morning
-A sore or dry throat when you awake
To understand more in-detail about your sleep apnea condition and how it affects those closest to you, an initial step is also to be open and willing to accept you have a problem. Most couples who are bed partners have difficulty realizing their symptoms are due to lack of sleep. If one of the partners is aware of the sleep apnea sufferers’ signs, they are more apt to recommend treatment to keep the relationship on the right path.
More Things To Consider
Sleep deprivation caused by sleep apnea may cause a man’s testosterone levels to dip. It may also restrict oxygen. Since oxygen and testosterone are both important for sexual health,
tending to this potential deal-breaker is paramount in bed partners. The stress and fatigue alone from lack of sleep can also exacerbate sexual problems.
Talk to your doctor or sleep professional as soon as possible if you’re experiencing sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction symptoms. Treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may not only help your sexual life with your partner, but it may also prevent other conditions such as heart problems.
The Emotional Impact
Unfortunately, sleep apnea can tear couples apart by building up resentments. It can also cause people to change in ways that make them less attractive to their mates. This negative toll on relationships is a direct result of the sleep apneic becoming depressed, moody or withdrawn. Their partners may miss the upbeat, fun-loving people they originally fell in love with, and due to the nightly disturbances, it’s more than they can handle. Shallow, fragmented sleep also makes the non-sleep apnea sufferer act resentful and remorseful. The negative feelings mount until it finally tears away at the very fabric of the relationship. Seeking treatment is the only solution to keep sleep apnea from threatening the very existence of the partnership.
How Dr. Mensah Can Help
Because Dr. Mensah and his colleagues at Integrative Family Dentistry in Mebane, SC are compassionate towards the nature of sleep disorders and how they can affect your bed partner, we’ll take every precaution to ensure you receive the best possible treatment to solve your sleep apnea. Compassion is something we believe in when it comes to helping those who need a restful night in their relationships. Don’t wait another minute! Call our office today and find out how we’ve treated numerous sleep apnea patients get back on track. We can help you not only receive a good night’s sleep but restore your couplehood to peace and serenity with proper rest.