The Damaging Truth
Untreated sleep apnea is a silent killer. Night after night of superficial sleep can have a devastating impact on both of you and your relationship. Instead of slipping into a restful, restorative sleep, you’re being awakened by loud snoring or complaints.
Sleep Deprivation and Your Partner
While the person suffering from sleep apnea will likely experience more health consequences, the condition can also impact the well-being of your sleeping partner. One of the main symptoms of sleep apnea is loud snoring accompanied by moments of breathlessness and gasping for air.
Loud snoring and frequently gasping for air can be disruptive for a sound sleeper. Sleep deprivation from secondhand snoring can lead to many issues, including:
- Memory loss
- Mood disorder
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
While you may not encounter these symptoms immediately, it’s likely you may experience effects of sleepless nights over time.
Sleep Apnea and Intimacy
Sleep deprivation can make you feel anxious, depressed, moody, and quick-tempered. This can lead to problems with intimacy, and has been linked to erectile dysfunction in men and decreased libido in women.
Sleep apnea has been linked to greater divorce rates in comparison to healthy relationships. If your relationship is suffering from untreated sleep apnea, don’t give up. We can help you and your partner achieve the sleep you need, so you can make the most out of your days and appreciate your time together.
Comfortable Solutions for Sleep Apnea
An oral appliance is a comfortable, convenient treatment for sleep apnea that can help put your relationship back on track. It works by gently shifting your lower jaw forward, keeping your tongue in a neutral position, and your airway open while sleeping.
The most common method for treating sleep apnea is called a CPAP machine. Unfortunately, many patients find that it’s too loud, uncomfortable, and stop using it altogether. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance may be the solution you need to sleep soundly again.
Can sleep apnea affect hormones?
If sleep apnea is left untreated for even a few days, it can increase blood sugar, fat levels, stress hormones, and blood pressure. This can lead to problems in the immediate future and down the line. Treating sleep apnea can improve your quality of life and prevent future health complications. Contact our Syracuse office to learn more about our sleep apnea solutions.
What makes sleep apnea worse?
There are a few factors that can make your untreated sleep apnea worse, including:
- Weight gain
- Sleeping on your back
If you suffer from sleep apnea, contact our Syracuse office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Argyle by calling (801) 416-3562. He’ll find a sleep apnea treatment that’s right for you so you can enjoy the benefits of a peaceful night’s rest.
Reclaim Your Relationship With Restful Nights
Dr. Argyle can offer our patients oral appliance therapy, a great alternative to CPAP therapy. With oral appliances, you won’t disturb your bed partner with a noisy machine. Instead, you’ll have a small, custom-made oral appliance that fits comfortably with no added noise, ensuring a better night’s rest for you and your partner.
Restorative sleep is a pillar to a healthy life and relationship. If you or your partner suffer from sleep apnea, contact our office by calling (801) 416-3562. Make noisy nights a thing of the past, so you both can live healthily ever after.