Sleep Apnea and Your Relationship

Sleep Apnea Doesn’t Just Affect You

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that intermittently halts your breathing patterns while you sleep. These pauses can cause you to snore, gasp loudly, and wake you up throughout the night. The resulting lack of proper oxygen intake and proper sleep negatively affects your waking life and your overall health. But did you know that when you experience sleep apnea, your sleep partner may suffer similar consequences? 

Whoever is sleeping next to you will either have to tolerate the constant disruption of your snoring, gasping, and movement as you wake up throughout the night, or take measures to avoid it. If your partner can’t escape the noise and interruption to their sleep patterns, they may develop resentment towards you for depriving them of a good night’s sleep. It’s no wonder then, that snoring is the third most common cause of divorce

Sleep apnea and its symptoms can ruin a relationship and it’s one more reason why seeking an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment from a trained professional like our sleep dentist, Dr. Bulnes-Newton, is so important.  If you’ve been suffering from sleep apnea in Tampa, we can help. 

Sharing Health Consequences of Sleep Apnea With Your Partner

Even if you’re the only partner who is experiencing sleep apnea, any other partners who sleep next to you are likely to develop some of the same health consequences. Snoring, gasping, and repeatedly waking up at night can rob you and your partner of a good night’s rest, which means both of you may suffer:

  • Restless sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Decreased Libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Personality changes

What Would You And Your Partner Do For a Good Night’s Sleep?

People in relationships who suffer from sleep apnea or loud snoring often try different methods to ensure a good night’s rest for themselves and their partners. 

It’s common for couples to try methods ranging from the subtle to the extreme when dealing with sleep apnea such as having the snoring partner:

  • Wear nasal strips
  • Sleep on their side
  • Take allergy medications

Or having the non-snoring partner: 

  • Wear earplugs or headphones while they sleep
  • Sleep in a separate room or a separate house

Depending on the cause or the severity of the case, these methods may or may not work, so getting help from a trained professional like Dr. Bulnes-Newton is vital.

When To Seek Treatment

Your bed partner is the one who is most likely to notice any possible symptoms, so ask them if they’ve noticed you snoring, gasping, or waking up intermittently throughout the night. Once you’ve identified your symptoms, you can ask a professional for a diagnosis. 

Dr. Bulnes-Newton can accurately diagnose your condition and prescribe an effective sleep apnea solution. Her available solutions can help alleviate symptoms of any type of sleep apnea, ranging from mild, to moderate, to severe. 

Most patients who seek treatment for their sleep apnea notice an improvement in their relationship. When you and your partner sleep soundly, there’s a better chance for closeness, intimacy, and comfort during waking hours.  

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late, Schedule an Appointment Today!

Sleep apnea negatively affects you and your partner’s overall health and robs you both of a good night’s sleep. The sooner you get help, the better off physically and mentally both you and your partner will be. Schedule an appointment with Sleep Better Tampa by dialing 813-607-5337 or filling out our online appointment form

When partners are willing to work together, and the partner who needs it undergoes the right treatment, it becomes more possible to return to a state of happiness in a relationship. Give your relationship a fighting chance and get on track to better sleep and a better love life with Better Sleep Tampa. 

Sleep Apnea and Relationship FAQs

How can sleep apnea affect my marriage or long-term relationship?

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your partner probably tries to be supportive. But excessive snoring can also wake them up at night, not to mention the anxiety they’ll feel when you stop breathing. Spouses of sleep apnea patients are more likely to sleep in their own room, which can affect intimacy. 

How do I date someone with sleep apnea?

If you’re in a new relationship and your bed partner snores excessively, it can be jarring. Aside from having patience, your best option is to encourage your significant other to make an appointment with a sleep dentist like Dr. Juliet Bulnes-Newton. The sooner we can offer a diagnosis and recommend treatment, the sooner you’ll both be feeling rested. 

What do I do if I suspect my partner has sleep apnea? 

There are plenty of ways to support your partner if they have sleep apnea. First, encourage them to change unhealthy lifestyle habits that may be contributing to the issue. Offer to go on daily walks or exercise together, and try to keep your home free of too many starchy foods (which sleep-deprived people tend to crave). 

Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine whenever possible will help your significant other fall asleep faster as well. And if they haven’t been diagnosed yet, make an appointment with our trusted Tampa team. 

Where can my partner get sleep apnea treatment near Tampa?

Dr. Bulnes-Newton and the rest of our team can treat sleep apnea patients in Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Brandon, and all the surrounding areas.