5 SLEEP APNEA SIDE EFFECTS YOUR WIFE WANTS YOU TO KNOW
When you wake up in the morning, you probably don’t give much thought to what went on while you were sleeping. But your partner may be giving it a lot of thought. Sleep apnea issues don’t just affect you. They can affect everyone around you. Here are 5 sleep apnea side effects your wife wants you to know.
1. YOU’RE TIRED ALL THE TIME
Exhaustion is one of the biggest symptoms of sleep apnea. When you stop breathing, your brain sends out a distress call. This causes you to start to wake up, even if you don’t realize it. But waking up, even if it’s just for a few seconds, can disrupt your sleep cycle, leaving you exhausted the next morning. And no one likes a partner who is exhausted all the time.
2. SLEEP APNEA AFFECTS SEXUAL HEALTH
Past studies in men have shown a spike in erectile dysfunction (ED) among men who suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep experts believe that the link may be due to the body’s levels of the sex hormone testosterone, which naturally rise while we sleep. Because sleep apnea causes repeated nighttime waking, this chronic sleep deprivation may inhibit the body’s ability to produce and process testosterone, which is partially responsible for libido. Treatment for sleep disorders can usually get you back into the game.
3. YOUR SNORING IS EARTH-SHATTERING
Arguing because of snoring is something that affects more than half of the couples around the world. Loud snoring is the second major sleep apnea side effect. Not everyone who has sleep apnea snores (and not everyone who snores has sleep apnea). Along with severe snoring, your bed partner may notice a “gasping, snorting, or struggling” as you return to breathing. This can be dramatic and alarming for the person you sleep next to.
4. YOU FALL ASLEEP ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
If you consistently pass out on the couch watching TV or can’t help but doze off in a dark movie theater, this could point to some extreme apnea-related exhaustion. It can cause some deadly consequences, too. This instant ability to fall asleep is one of the major risks with driving. In 2014, there were 846 fatalities recorded that were drowsy-driving-related. These reported fatalities (and drowsy-driving crashes overall) have remained largely consistent across the past decade.
5. YOU’RE MOODY AND YOUR MEMORY IS SHOT
Mood changes and difficulty with memory and concentration stem from the sleep deprivation that comes along with sleep apnea side effects. Poor sleep can leave you feeling crabby, making you no fun to be around.
If you are struggling with any of the issues discussed in this article, contact Comprehensive Sleep Care Center for a consultation and say hello to sleep again.