Monday, July 26, 2010

Sleep Apnea & Married Couples that Sleep Alone

An article published in the Sunday New York Times documents how sleep habits are changing in America. Several recent polls and studies suggest 1 in 4 married couples may be sleeping in separate beds.

Reasons can include comfort concerns, different sleep schedules or untreated sleep disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea is at the top of that list. The breathing pauses and loud snoring associated with OSA don’t just disturb your own sleep; they can keep your partner awake and even damage your marriage.

The author makes the point that the bed is the last bastion togetherness in our relationships because of our busy lifestyles. People who can’t bear to share their bed may be driving a wedge into the marriage.

The tragic part is both sleep apnea and habitual snoring are treatable. All it takes to make the bed a more welcome place is an appointment with a dentist specializing in sleep medicine. The dentist will fit you with an oral appliance designed to fully open your airway by repositioning your jaw. The oral appliance can solve snoring and moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

Regularly getting a good night sleep takes some work, just like maintaining a marriage. Become a pro and you’ll be better built to last.

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