Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment for Couples

Valentine's Day is the American obligatory celebrate your relationship holiday. But if your significant other is a snorer, you may not feel like celebrating. Snoring and sleep apnea can reduce the amount and quality of sleep for both partners, and reduced sleep and increased resentment both negatively affect the level of intimacy couples enjoy. So if your relationship is being affected by snoring and sleep apnea, here are some ways you can try to treat it and improve your relationship.

Weight gain is one of the most common causes of snoring in men, who tend to deposit fat reserves in the throat, leading to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is also rarely a problem for just one partner. Maybe this Valentine's Day it is time to make a commitment to health together and begin dieting and exercising together.

Smoking inflames the nasal and throat tissues. If you or your partner smokes, quitting can really help reduce the amount of snoring.

Allergies have a similar effect as smoking on the tissue of the nose and throat. If you have a high level of allergens in the home, instituting more regular vacuuming, dusting, etc can help. You might also consider changing pillows if one of you is allergic to down, and some people are allergic to certain components of laundry detergents, so switching to a hypoallergenic brand may help.

Alcohol leads to increased relaxation of the throat muscles which contributes to the severity of obstructive sleep apnea. So try to cut down on alcohol consumption, something that is easier as a couple.

If the above behavioral therapy methods do not solve your problem it is important to recognize that there are many risks associated with sleep apnea and seek professional help. Sleep apnea diagnosis followed by CPAP or oral appliance therapy can help you both sleep and ensure your happily ever after is a lot longer.

If your partner is a snorer and this is affecting your relationship, schedule a snoring consultation at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Center in Chicago, Illinois.

posted by Dr. Candelaria at 11:35 AM