Side Effects of Sleep Apnea

5 Sleep Apnea Side Effects Your Wife Wants You to Know

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.

6 replies
  1. Kayla
    Kayla says:

    I didn’t know that exhaustion is one of the biggest symptoms of sleep apnea. My dad is having a hard time having quality sleep and he also snores aloud at night. My mom suggested going to a dentist to see if he has sleep apnea and shared this article with him.

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  2. Bethany Birchridge
    Bethany Birchridge says:

    I had no idea that waking up-even just for a few seconds–can ruin your sleeping cycle. My dad has been extremely tired and I’m worried that he may have sleep apnea. What are some ways he can get tested?

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    • Sharon Goldman
      Sharon Goldman says:

      It would be a good idea for him to get a sleep study. That is the best way to measure the sleep cycle and oxygen levels.

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  3. Derek Dewitt
    Derek Dewitt says:

    I have always had trouble with snoring loudly, but I’ve never been tested for sleep apnea. I like your point about how your bed partner might notice your snorting or struggling to breathe sometimes. I’ll have to ask my wife if that ever happens so I know if I should get tested or not.

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