By John Edward Kempter, DDS PLLC
What would you give for an extra hour of sleep every night? Do most people sleep better alone? Did you know that having a regular bed partner can improve your quality of sleep?
Unfortunately, this is only the case in the absence of snoring. Anyone who has slept with a person who snores knows it can disrupt his or her sleep. In a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 41 percent of respondents rated their partner’s snoring as having a big impact on their ability to get a good night’s sleep in the past two weeks.
BED PARTNER SNORING STATISTICS
. Up to 59 percent of people report that their partner snores in bed.
. 23 percent of couples sleep in separate beds.
. Over 1/3 of couples report disharmony within the relationship due to snoring.
. One hour of sleep per night is typically lost from the snorer’s partner; he/she may wake up as many as 21 times per hour.
. The most common reason for couples sleeping separately is snoring.
SNORING’S EFFECTS ON THE BED PARTNER
Second-hand snoring can cause the bed partner to suffer the same daytime sleepiness problems that their snoring partner experiences which may lead to relationship disharmony.
Bed partners of snorers may wake up several times per hour, which can add up to an hour of sleep lost every night. This effect, known as “Spousal Arousal Syndrome,” results in bed partners waking up tired and irritable and leads to deterioration of relationships, depression, and other adverse health consequences.
Research in 2003 showed that the bed partners of snorers may experience noise-induced hearing loss over time. The effect of the noise on a sleeping partner of a snorer can also raise blood pressure in direct relation to the intensity of the noise. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and dementia.
Many couples resort to sleeping in separate bedrooms, and some even have homes designed to accommodate a noisy snorer. This undesirable situation is sometimes referred to as “sleep divorce.”
STOPPING SNORING CAN RESTORE HEALTH AND HARMONY FOR BOTH
Many couples want nothing more than the comfort of sleeping with their mate but are just unable to tolerate the noise and disruption of snoring.
Studies show that when the snoring or sleep apnea of one partner is treated, the bed partner’s sleep quality is improved, leading to better health. One study showed that when symptoms were treated, their partners’ sleep efficiency increased by 13 percent. Other studies demonstrate that the partner’s mood, daytime alertness, quality of life, and personal relationship with the snorer is improved when the snoring is resolved.
If your partner’s snoring is keeping you up and putting a strain on your relationship, you are not alone.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOUR BED PARTNER SNORES?
Talk to your partner about the potential seriousness of the problem and get him/her to a physician or dentist trained to recognize and treat snoring and sleep apnea problems. Realize, of course, that there may be denial, and perhaps embarrassment on the part of your partner. Dr. Kempter can help. Give him a call at 844-975-3376.
Before you seek snoring solutions, it’s important to rule out any sleep breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, that may be the real cause of the snoring. Usually, it’s the bed partner who notices the signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea usually interrupts loud snoring with a period of silence followed by a loud gasp. Treating only the symptom of snoring in an individual with sleep apnea can be extremely dangerous.
Since it is not always easy to tell just from their snoring patterns, it is important to also review the common symptoms of sleep apnea to check for signs.
If snoring, sleep apnea, and their related side effects are negatively affecting your relationship with your bed partner, oral appliance therapy has the potential to provide you and your bed partner with the quiet, peaceful sleep necessary to sleep better together. To learn more about a snoring mouthpiece and other sleep apnea solutions, please contact us.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 844-975-3376 or visit us online at www.preferredsleep.com.