Valentine’s Day is the day of love when couples of all ages exchange gifts, chocolates, cards and flowers. It is definitely a day when there’s lots of romance in the air as people are busy showering each other with love and affection. But if you happen to snore while you sleep, your romantic plans for Valentine’s Day may go up in smoke because snoring is a big turn off that can quickly put out the flame of love.
Many people who snore at night are suffering from sleep apnea – a common condition that is serious in many ways, including romantically. The good news is that sleep apnea is treatable.
How Sleep Apnea Affects You and Your Partner
If there’s one thing that can turn off a spouse or partner it’s snoring. Nobody enjoys laying next to someone who is very loudly “sawing logs” or sounding like they’re choking. Sleep apnea is a common condition that is characterized by loud snoring and disturbed sleep which results in fatigue during the day. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea also suffer from sleep deprivation, as they consistently do not get good quality sleep. And when you’re sleep deprived, you have less energy including sexual energy, which can negatively affect your relationship with your significant other.
Studies tell us that having day time fatigue due to sleep apnea leads to less sexual satisfaction. This makes perfect sense as a very tired person will find less satisfaction in sex due to feeling exhausted all the time. Research has even shown that heavy snorers experience reduced sexual drives with over half of them having erectile dysfunction.
In short, snoring and sleep apnea can put a big damper on your love life and it can even snuff it out completely. People who snore are generally not sleeping well and are therefore more tired. Even the partners of heavy snorers are most likely losing a lot of sleep wherein they too feel tired and less desire for intimacy because of nightly snoring-related stress.
The Best Solution to a Snoring Problem
Sleeping in separate bedrooms is not the solution to a snoring problem as the person who snores will still be suffering from poor sleep. Several well-marketed remedies such as pillows, body position and snore guards if even effective initially, are not permanent solutions. They are remedies that are temporary at best. By far, the best way to deal with snoring is to visit a sleep apnea specialist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Contact a Sleep Apnea Specialist
Sleep apnea specialists like Spark Sleep Solutions can help put the romance back in your life if you’re a snorer who is suffering from sleep apnea. We specialize exclusively in the screening, treatment and follow-up of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. At your initial consultation with us, we will provide you with a through examination and a follow up discussion to talk about our findings and your potential sleep apnea treatment options. With offices in San Jose, San Ramon, Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, help for your snoring problem is never far away! Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.