Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sleep apnea and divorce

I just read a headline about the 3 things that lead to divorce: Money, infidelity and snoring.  The first two are common knowledge whether is just about money or infidelity or maybe even a combination of the two. But snoring as a common reason for divorce I’m not sure if that is just an exaggeration or what it does have some truth to it especially if you or your partner has sleep apnea. That constant roaring and grunting is enough to drive anyone out of the bedroom (at least that is what my wife says)
Of course it isn’t just the annoying sound of snoring that can cause breakups, there is much more to it than that. The partner with the sleep apnea has to deal with a great many more problems, such as sexual problems, irritability, memory problems and a slew of possible health issues like heart disease and diabetes.  There is some evidence that erectile dysfunction can be brought on by sleep apnea, which would contribute to the demise of any relationship.  Mood fluctuations can happen to anybody who doesn’t get their sleep,  and in turn this would lead irritability and probably arguments another bad sign in relationships.
So what do you do?
The easy answer is to eliminate your sleep apnea with the use of CPAPs, oral devices and (the last resort) surgery.  If you have sleep apnea then you know that finding a way to cure your snoring and apnea can be difficult and nerve-racking.  But it would be than dealing with the damage to your health and personal life that is caused by sleep apnea
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