It is well known that a shared sleep space in healthy relationships can have many benefits on both partners. Dr Troxel, an assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, states that “sleeping together promotes feelings of safety and security, shared sleep in healthy relationships may lower levers of cortisol, a stress hormone. Sharing a bed may also reduce cytokines, involved in inflammation, and boost oxytocin, the so-called love hormone that is known to ease anxiety and is produced in the same part of the brain responsible for the sleep-wake cycle.” That is a lot to basically say, that sleeping with our loved one is good for our physical and mental state.
Sleep is an important priority for most people, but it does not always come easily. One in five people who are coupled up name their partner as the biggest thing interrupting their sleep every night. A bed partner with a sleep related breathing disorder can negatively impact your rest while in bed. This can cause a strain on your relationship by affecting your intimacy, happiness, and overall quality of life.
Snoring is one of the most common disruptions for couples. The National sleep foundation found in 2015 that 35% of couples reported sleeping in separate beds or rooms due to not being able to sleep well when sharing a bed with their spouse. For many, this is a quieter night, but then a problem for their marriage. For those who do not choose to sleep separately, one person is being woken up by the snoring and the other is typically woken up by the disrupted sleep of their partner. For others, they have trouble sleeping due to the choking, gasping, or pauses in breathing that they or their bed partner experiences. These are only a few of the signs and symptoms of a serious sleep related breathing disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, sleep related breathing disorders are not only detrimental to the person experiencing them, but also on their bed partners health. Restless nights may be quietly taking a toll on your mental well-being, concentration, memory, and making you more susceptible to diseases such as depression, high blood pressure, weight gain, and immune system function.
But the good news is, there are solutions! If you think you are suffering from a sleep disorder, it is important that you seek medical attention to gain a diagnosis and explore your possible treatments. At Snore and Sleep Solutions we are able to provide a thorough screening, airway evaluation, and home sleep study, all at the initial consultation. Treatment could be more than just better sleep; it could mean a better marriage and also a longer and increased quality of life with those you love!