Perhaps it comes as no surprise when you mention to your partner that snoring is affecting your sleep, the first thing you hear are words of denial. It is not uncommon for people who snore to be unaware of it. Some individuals make recordings of their partner’s snoring as proof positive.
Men and women snore. Even children snore on occasion. It can happen as a result of a bad cold, allergies, overindulgence in alcoholic beverages or extreme fatigue. It can also be a chronic problem when it occurs night after night. Your sleep gets interrupted, but your snoring partner may not be getting a good night’s rest either.
If you notice that your partner snores and has moments when he or she is not breathing, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is probably the cause. This sleep disorder is caused by the relaxation of muscles in the throat and tongue. When they become very relaxed, the airway is obstructed, which stops breathing. The brain sends a signal for the person to wake up and breathe. This can happen any number of times throughout the night.
Your partner may wake up with headaches from the lack of sufficient oxygen to the brain. He or she may also feel fatigued due to the constant moments of waking up. Besides disrupting your sleep and that of your partner, OSA can lead to other serious health problems if not treated.
Helping Your Partner Seek Treatment
Quality sleep is important for you and your partner. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in getting appropriate treatment. Various treatment options are available. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy and for severe cases of OSA, surgery may be required.
You can support your partner in getting help. Treatment for chronic snoring is usually simple and provides for you and your partner to finally have nights of restful sleep.
Marietta Sleep offers treatment for chronic snoring and OSA. If you have trouble sleeping because your partner is snoring, call us and schedule an appointment.