Snoring is a sound caused by the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed airflow while you sleep. Heavy snoring can be very disruptive, particularly for the person you share a bed with.
Loud snoring is also a major symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is a serious medical condition. Dr. Iregui features effective treatments for both snoring and sleep apnea. If your heavy snoring is causing you problems, we’ll make sure you get the right diagnosis and the professional care you deserve.
How Snoring Affects Spouses and Sleep Partners
Loud snoring can cause a great deal of tension in a relationship because it prevents your partner from getting a good night’s sleep. The sleep deprivation caused by sharing a bed with a snorer can have the following negative consequences:
- Weight gain
- Decreased libido
- Daytime sleepiness
- Increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
- Reduced intellectual capacity
- Increased chances of experiencing an automobile accident
Over the course of the night, sleeping with a snorer can be very disruptive. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, “the spouse of snorers were awakened at least partially an average of 21 times an hour.” That’s why it’s not surprising that the sleep mate of the snorer is often the one who encourages them to seek treatment.
Sleeping with a snorer can be stressful and damage intimacy in a relationship. It’s frequently the cause of conflict and arguments. Instead of fighting, many couples choose to avoid problems by no longer sleeping together. In fact, almost half of the couples that stop sleeping together report that snoring was the reason why.
Sleep Apnea Solutions
If you or someone you care about is suffering from snoring or sleep apnea, then contact Dr. Iregui at SoundBridge Dental Sleep Therapy in Gig Harbor. She’s an experienced sleep dentist who will make sure you get the right care.
When you meet with Dr. Iregui, she’ll review your treatment options. We feature convenient oral appliances for treating both sleep apnea and snoring.