How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Relationships

Posted Oct 6th, 2017 in Oral Health Care & Prevention, General

How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Relationships

Sleep apnea can have an impact on your overall health, and it can hurt your relationships as well.


Sleep Apnea can have an enormous emotional impact, both on the sufferer and the person he or she shares a bed with.

Poor sleep quality that comes with sleep apnea may be shared with the person in the bed. If you snore or wake up frequently during the night, chances are that your partner's sleep is being interrupted as well.

This is, of course, frustrating in the moment for both of you. It can even build resentment on both sides. Your partner will of course feel annoyed, resentful and frustrated by the constant disruptions, and you may feel the same way about the lack of understanding… after all, you’re not doing it on purpose!

Lack of sleep carries over to the rest of your life too. As you're awake, the lack of sleep you've been experiencing can make you feel lethargic, grumpy, irritable, and even depressed.

This is bound to have a negative impact on your relationships. Certainly with your partner (and especially if he or she is suffering from lack of sleep as well), but also your other family members, friends and even your co-workers.

Sleep is critical for good physical and emotional health.

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, it is crucial that you manage it. Although you can't help the fact that you have sleep apnea, you can improve your health and your relationships by seeking out help.

There are a great many options for treating sleep apnea, from weight loss and lifestyle changes to oral sleep appliance or even surgery.

Our Surrey dentists are experienced in the diagnosis and management of sleep apnea. Contact us today - we can help!

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