Does you spouse seem often seem irritated in the morning? Does your partner often complain that he or she didn’t did a good night’s sleep?
Does he or she mention your snoring a lot?
It’s quite possible that your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. If you aren’t treating it, you may not realize how disruptive it is for you and for the people that you love.
Did you know that the sound of snoring is between 60 and 80 decibels? For comparison’s sake, a vacuum cleaner is around 70 decibels.
Can you imagine trying to sleep with someone turning a vacuum cleaner on and off just a few feet away from you several times an hour? Now, you have some idea what it’s like trying to sleep next to someone with sleep apnea.
If you are ready to treat your sleep apnea, contact Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta. We have a solution that can work for you … and your significant other.
Sleep Deprivation and Sleep Apnea
People who get quality sleep receive a lot of health benefits as well. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, quality sleep helps your brain function better and helps you be more stable emotionally. People who get healthy sleep are less likely to have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
People with sleep apnea are more likely to be sleep deprived because their condition interferes with their sleep.
When people get quality sleep, they go through multiple sleep cycles during the night, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. This includes three types of non-REM sleep and REM sleep. REM is short for rapid-eye movement. REM is the stage of sleep when people have dreams.
The first stage of non-REM is when you are first falling asleep. The second stage is when your breathing and heart rate start to slow down. The third stage of non-REM is when your body heals itself.
If you have sleep apnea, you may not be reaching the third stage of non-REM sleep or REM sleep. This is why your sleep apnea causes you to feel sleep deprived.
This is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea, and it explains why you can still feel so tired when you wake up in the morning.
How This Affects Your Partner
Sleep deprivation is a symptom of sleep apnea. So is the snoring we mentioned at the beginning of this blog post. Most people snore from time to time, but people with sleep apnea snore loudly and frequently throughout the night.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, then your airways become partially and sometimes completely blocked while you are asleep. Your snoring is a result of this blockage.
Apnea comes from a Greek word that means “without breath,” and people with sleep apnea sometimes stop breathing.
To keep you alive, your body with wake you up just long enough so you can breathe again. This may be so brief that you don’t have any memory that it happened. But this also explains why you may not experience the deepest stages of sleep during the night.
If your snoring is waking up your partner or preventing your partner from falling asleep, then he or she has probably noticed when you have stopped breathing, too. Imagine how it feels to have the love of your life stop breathing — repeatedly — for periods of 10 or more seconds at a time.
How well do you think you would sleep under those circumstances?
We Can Help You And Your Loved Ones
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, there’s a good chance that a CPAP machine was recommended for your treatment.
CPAP machines help you keep breathing by blowing air into your airways to keep them open while you sleep. That’s fine … as long as you wear the mask.
Many people find the mask too irritating or too uncomfortable to use like they should.
If you are one of these people, Atlanta West Dentistry has another option. We can create a custom-made snore guard. This is a mouthpiece that you wear while you sleep.
It works by changing the position of your jaw. This keeps your airways open without an irritating, uncomfortable mask.
Start Dreaming Again
You can treat your sleep apnea. You and your partner can get the healthy sleep that you need. With that healthy sleep, you may find that you start dreaming again, too.