Note: This is a guest post from Philip J Reed of the Sereno Center for Snoring Solutions on a topic that I know MANY couples struggle with.
We all know that a good night’s rest is important for helping get a new day off to the right start. But did you know it also helps keep your relationship on track?
Studies have shown that a leading cause of resentment in marriage stems from dealing with a snoring issue at night. If you or your partner is struggling with sleep issues, don’t set up a bed in another room just yet.
Researchers are beginning to consider that when dealing with issues like sleep apnea and snoring problems, professionals should also consider how those problems affect an individual’s interactions with others and their relationships. One sleep study has indicated that women in particular tend to express more negative emotion when they struggle to sleep. It’s possible that men experience some of these same feelings, but oftentimes, they don’t share how they feel.
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When sleep problems lead to a person feeling testy, it can be difficult to know how to even broach the subject of helping a partner stop snoring or taking care of other issues. Remember, this is a matter that ultimately affects you both.
Try broaching the subject gently, and explain how sleep issues are affecting you. Be as non-confrontational as you can, and try to avoid embarrassing your mate. Point out, too, that there are medical treatments and other simple solutions available, and that you can work on these problems together.
Do your best, also, to make your bedroom an inviting space. A “Bedroom Poll” by the National Sleep Foundation found that most people say the comfort of their bedroom is a major factor in how well they sleep. Make sure your sheets and linens are fresh. And even though it’s a chore not everyone enjoys, respondents said they were more likely to sleep well in their room if they had made the bed that day. Keeping your room tidy can be a good thing.
Addressing sleep problems does not have to be a complicated endeavor, but it can be a serious one if left untreated. Marriage issues aside, sleep troubles can negatively affect your health. Snorers are prone to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and other difficulties.
If you are struggling with sleep, consult a medical professional so you and your partner start feeling better as soon as possible.
Has snoring or other sleep issues impacted your marriage? Share in the comments!