A Couples Guide to Conquering Sleep Apnea

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A Couples Guide to Conquering Sleep Apnea
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Written by Nancy Kirk

February 12, 2024

 

Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, although not everyone who snores who has sleep apnea and vice versa. Regardless, snoring can be a red flag for sleep apnea as it signals breathing disruptions during sleep. Other symptoms include fatigue, morning headaches, and waking up with dry mouth.

Remember there is nothing to be ashamed of, and sleep apnea affects 18 million Americans!

If your partner is showing symptoms of sleep apnea, encourage their optimum health by helping them to get tested.

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How Sleep Apnea Affects Relationship 


The negative side effects of sleep apnea can impact the health of a relationship. Before diagnosis, the affected partner will lose sleep, often causing them to feel more irritable, unfocused, and lethargic. Luckily, this can change with proper treatment!

With that said, the noises from a CPAP mask may initially be an adjustment for both partners. Of course, the person with sleep apnea has to get used to wearing the mask overnight. This can pose some initial challenges but will offer long-lasting health and relationship benefits. Both partners should try to focus on the positives that will come with treatment, such as better sleep, longer-lasting energy, and improved all-around health. 


CPAP Therapy in Relationships 


Once diagnosed, a patient may need to begin CPAP therapy. It takes patience to adjust to sleep apnea treatment, especially for newly diagnosed patients. As a partner, you should try to be supportive and understanding when it comes to the challenges your loved one may face. Encourage their adherence to therapy with open communication and create a comfortable sleep environment.

5 Tips for Couples Adjusting to CPAP Therapy: 


  1. Wear earplugs or use a white noise machine to block out noise.  
  2. Practice good sleep habits, like turning off screens an hour before bed.
  3. Have the unaffected partner try on the CPAP to build an understanding. 
  4. Set aside time to talk or cuddle in bed before putting on the mask. 
  5. Be patient with yourselves — but if you have trouble adjusting, consider speaking with a Lofta sleep expert. 

The Link Between Sleep Quality and Relationship Satisfaction


Research shows a clear correlation between sleep quality and relationship satisfaction. Studies show couples who prioritize quality sleep improve communication, emotional intimacy, and overall relationship satisfaction. On the other hand, couples who don’t get enough sleep often feel more irritable and ungrateful toward their partner.1 


By treating sleep apnea, couples can deepen their connection and strengthen their bond, thanks to higher-quality sleep. 


Overall Health Benefits of Quality Sleep 


Beyond relationships, quality sleep has tons of health benefits for the individual, from balanced moods to increased energy and sharper focus. By prioritizing sleep health, couples can support each other’s sleep health journey. 


Get Tested for Sleep Apnea with Lofta 


If you or your partner experience symptoms of sleep apnea, such as loud snoring, daytime fatigue, or gasping for air during sleep, it's crucial to get tested. Fortunately, we offer the most convenient way to get tested and receive treatment through our 100% remote process.

Click here to order your at-home sleep apnea test today




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1. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/02654075231193449