Sleep Apnea & Your Relationship

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Sleep Apnea’s Impact on Your Relationship

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you’ve probably learned about the risks it presents to your health and general wellbeing. However, you may not have considered the way it affects your loved ones and the people around you.

One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is snoring and irregular breathing during sleep. Not only can the need to catch your breath make it difficult for you to sleep soundly, but the noise may also disrupt your partner’s sleep. 

Read on to learn about the impact that sleep apnea can have on the health of your relationships.

How Sleep Apnea Affects the People in Your Life

While snoring can represent a significant disturbance for your household over time, it’s not the only way that your sleep apnea can be a problem for relationships. Your sleep apnea may occur mostly at night, but its impact can last all day. 

Sleep apnea can have effects on your mood and behavior including:

  • Irritability
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Fatigue, low energy
  • Decreased libido
couple trying to watch a movie but one person is asleep

These effects in mood can make maintaining interpersonal relationships more challenging. It can be difficult to recognize how incidents of moodiness or fatigue stem from poor quality sleep in the nights before. However, treating your sleep apnea can benefit relationships across your personal and professional life.

Relationship Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

Patients who treat their sleep apnea find it easier to maintain a positive attitude with friends and loved ones instead of feeling easily annoyed or short-tempered. Along with an improved mood, treating your sleep apnea can heighten your mental performance.

Improved concentration from quality sleep keeps you sharper and more engaged, from pleasant conversations to challenges in the workplace.

Physical symptoms of sleep apnea can also affect your relationships. It can be difficult to interact positively with the people in your life if headaches related to sleep apnea are a regular occurrence. Weight gain and erectile dysfunction are frequently linked to sleep apnea and can present difficulties for healthy intimacy. Heartburn, another symptom of sleep apnea, can disrupt social situations and prevent you from feeling your best with friends, loved ones, and colleagues.

Don’t let these symptoms and others keep you from healthy, successful relationships. Treatment can address your sleep apnea and show you what a difference quality sleep makes in all areas of your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if sleep apnea is affecting my relationships?
How can treating my sleep apnea improve my romantic relationships?
What if noise from my CPAP machine disturbs the sleep of my partner?
How do I know if sleep apnea is affecting my relationships?

Healthy relationships are built on honest communication. Talk to your partner about whether you snore and gasp for air during sleep. It’s possible that your condition has been a greater disturbance than you’re aware of. If intimacy has been a problem, your experience could be linked to sleep apnea-related fatigue, weight gain, or reduced libido.

Discuss your mood and behavior with trusted friends and loved ones. Give thought to the possibility that your attitude is being held back by symptoms of poor-quality sleep.

If you haven’t already, undergo a sleep study and see if sleep apnea is keeping you from the restful sleep you deserve. You’ll be amazed by what a difference treating your condition can make and what a relief it is to stop coping with the symptoms.

How can treating my sleep apnea improve my romantic relationships?

Treating your sleep apnea can improve your disposition if irritability and moodiness are contributing to disagreements in your romantic relationship. Instead of trying to ignore your snoring, treating the underlying cause can improve the quality of sleep for you and your partner.

Many patients who experience reduced libido or erectile dysfunction can improve their condition by treating their sleep apnea. Healthy intimacy can benefit from treating the full spectrum of symptoms caused by sleep apnea — you’ll notice benefits to your mental, emotional, and physical health from appropriate care.

What if noise from my CPAP machine disturbs the sleep of my partner?

For most couples, the noise from a CPAP machine isn’t a significant disturbance, and patients greatly prefer it to the sound of snoring and gasping for air at night. However, silent alternatives like oral appliances are available for a more discreet treatment option. Talk to Dr. Dahan about oral appliance therapy and enjoy comfort and quiet while maintaining a healthy flow of air to your lungs.

Treat Your Sleep Apnea, Support Your Relationships

Sleep apnea doesn’t have to be a burden on your health and happiness. Get the care you need to manage your symptoms and see the benefits that quality sleep can bring to your relationships. Take the first step and contact our Ottawa office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahan by calling (613) 454-1854.