If your significant other is snoring loudly and keeping you from getting decent sleep, it’s very important that you take the time to help them. Disorders like obstructive sleep apnea are not your partner’s fault as it affects millions of people every day, even if they have no risk factors.
Instead of getting upset at their habit, consider these steps that will not only show that you support them, but also put them in the right direction for sleep apnea therapy in Arlington Heights.
Tell Them About Their Symptoms
It can be difficult to convince your partner to get treatment if they don’t believe there’s an issue occurring. Tell them how loud their snoring is and how it’s making it difficult for you get to sleep. Be honest and sincere about your concerns. If they still don’t take your comments seriously, you may need to film a brief video of them snoring and/or gasping for air when an apnea event occurs.
The next time they wake up exhausted or complain about how difficult their work day was due to fatigue, show them your video as proof. Until they accept the reality of their condition, they won’t feel the need to seek treatment.
Have Them Change Habits That Worsen Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a bad enough condition on it’s own, but there are many habits they should avoid if they don’t want to exacerbate the symptoms. For example, avoid consuming caffeine, nicotine and alcohol as they increase the risk of an apnea event dramatically. Using smartphones in bed can also make it more difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep.
Furthermore, show your support by making the bedroom as much of a positive environment for sleep as possible. Purchase blackout curtains, cover electronic lights in your bedroom and encourage them to exercise for 20 minutes a day, particularly several hours before going to bed.
Schedule an Appointment With a Sleep Expert
By scheduling time with an expert in treating sleep apnea in Arlington Heights, your partner can participate in a sleep study. This study is meant to monitor their sleep habits overnight and help the doctor determine the best way to treat their disorder.
You’ll also get the chance to discuss treatment options that may work best for them. Keep in mind treatment does not have to be exclusively a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. They can also make use of oral appliances that work to clear obstructions from the mouth, which is often the most ideal treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances can also work to reduce the pressure needed with a CPAP machine.
Tired of seeing your partner suffer from a sleep disorder? Schedule a consultation today to learn how treatment can truly make a difference in their quality of life!
About the Author
Dr. Brian Zulawinski earned his DDS degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He’s taken hundreds of hours of continuing education, specifically in the treatment of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. He’s also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. To learn more about his treatments or practice, you can contact him through his website.