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Can Sleep Apnea Harm Relationships?

November 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 12:38 am

Man with untreated sleep apnea in Arlington Heights. It’s estimated, at least 22 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea; however, researchers believe another 24 million people don’t know they have it. The condition causes frequent pauses in breathing while you’re sleeping, which can make it difficult to detect. While you may not notice the interruptions, you may see signs of the disorder in other areas of your life, including your relationships. Don’t let untreated sleep apnea in Arlington Heights drive a wedge between you and your loved ones.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that causes frequent interruptions in breathing from your tongue or the soft tissues in the back of your throat collapsing to block the airways. As a result, it can be almost impossible to receive adequate rest, but that’s not the only concern. The lack of oxygen places a strain on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke. Overall, your general health and quality of life will decline without the right treatment.

How Can Sleep Apnea Impact Relationships?

Sleep apnea can cause complications with those close to you in several ways, like keeping them awake at night. One of the top symptoms of the disorder is loud chronic snoring. It can make it difficult for your loved ones to get the rest they need, increasing the likeliness of moodiness. You may find both you and your spouse short-tempered, which can place a strain on any relationship.

At first, your spouse may poke you in the ribs at night, but eventually, it may lead to sleeping in separate rooms. This can drive people apart as they lose intimacy in their relationship, which can take a toll on even the strongest of couples.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

You can get your health and relationships back on track with the right treatment. Traditionally, sleep apnea is treated using a CPAP machine, which delivers a steady stream of air through a mask worn over the mouth or nose. Although it’s effective, it can be bothersome.

As an alternative, you can benefit from oral appliance therapy. The custom-fit device repositions your lower jaw forward or holds your tongue in place to prevent an obstruction. When used correctly, it has shown to reduce sleep apnea symptoms by over 90%.  It is a comfortable solution to treat mild-to-moderate forms of the condition, so you and your spouse can get a good night’s rest.

Sleep Better for Stronger Relationships

Don’t let another bad night keep you or your loved ones awake. Visit your sleep specialist to breathe better and sleep soundly using oral appliance therapy.

About Dr. Brian Zulawinski

Dr. Brian Zulawinski earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education in many areas of specialty, like sleep dentistry. He offers alternative solutions for patients who can’t tolerate a CPAP machine. If you’re ready to stop snoring, or you need to treat your sleep apnea, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.  

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