If your partner wakes you up with an elbow in the ribs or a pillow in the face at night because of your snoring, you’re probably going to just roll over and fall back asleep. The middle of the night is no time for talking through these problems. But when they bring it up again in the morning, an unfortunate number of people, predominantly men, just don’t want to talk about it.
But you should talk about snoring treatment, and here’s why:
Your Health Is on the Line
You might think it’s just snoring, and that’s possible, but it’s also possible that you have sleep apnea, in which your breathing stops during the night. It can happen hundreds of times a night, even though you’re not aware of it.
Sleep apnea comes with serious risks for your overall health, including life-threatening cardiovascular risks. The only way to know whether you have sleep apnea is with a sleep test, which you should consider if your partner is complaining about snoring–the louder you snore, the higher your risk of sleep apnea.
It Will Improve Your Sleep
Snoring doesn’t just impact your partner’s sleep: it can make it harder for you to sleep, too. And we’re not just talking about elbows and pillows–the sound of your snoring can wake you up, too, even if you’re not aware of it. Plus, snoring is caused by constriction in your airway, and low oxygen can lead to lower quality sleep.
It Can Improve Intimacy
Let’s face it: your spouse is less likely to want to get intimate with you when they aren’t sleeping well. They’re more likely to be angry. And you’re less likely to want intimacy, too, since snoring and sleep apnea can significantly impact your sex drive.
It Can Prevent Violence
We’re not saying that your spouse is going to stab you in your sleep because of snoring. But it happens. Sleep deprivation can take otherwise sane and loving people and cause temporary insanity. You can protect yourself by doing something about your snoring. Even just exploring options can really help to defuse a tense situation.
It’s Your Responsibility
Your snoring is your responsibility. When you enter into a relationship with someone, you make a commitment to at least some bare-bones consideration, and when your snoring saturates the entire room–even the entire house–it’s your responsibility to do something about it.