April 26, 2013

Snoring Causes Grumpiness and Arguments Between Partners - Boston, Canton

Between the long winter, the economy, and family stress, you don’t need anything else to argue with your spouse about. So stop snoring! A recent survey showed that snoring causes arguments between sleeping partners. In fact, 4 out of 10 couples with a snorer, argue with their partner! Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea.

Mild to moderate sleep apnea could be the cause of your snoring. Sleep apnea is usually a chronic condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep. This also causes a poor night’s sleep.  After sleeping poorly, it is no wonder partners argue about snoring!

Most people who have sleep apnea don't know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.

The survey revealed that as a result of snoring, sleeping partners are likely to move apart, grapple over sleeping positions and move their partner. But there is a better solution for sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea is treated by a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).  This is an air compressor and mask which delivers pressurized air through the nose when a person is sleeping.  The biggest issue with this method is compliance.  People don’t like to wear the mask.

There is a more comfortable alternative to treating moderate sleep apnea.  A customized night guard called the SomnoDent is created specifically for your bite and actually opens up your airway.  This allows more oxygen to enter your body and prevents or minimizes symptoms of sleep apnea, including snoring. Patients are more likely to use SomnoDent.

The survey also found that those who snore, 27% of people felt grumpy and irritable the next day, 21% felt tired during the day and 16% felt that they were less productive as a result of snoring.

To make an appointment with a sleep apnea dentist, contact Dream Smile Dental.