Are you having trouble sleeping because your partner is snoring? Have you tried talking to them, but they don’t want to get treatment for their snoring?
The Lee’s Summit sleep dentists at the Center for TMJ & Sleep Apnea understand how hard it can be to convince someone they need to get their snoring treated. We also know how important it is for you and your partner that they get treatment. That’s why we’re offering ten ideas that might convince your partner that they should get snoring treatment. Some of these you might have tried, and others might not be relevant. Hopefully, though, one of these ideas will help you convince a snoring partner to get the treatment they need.
I Care About You
This should always be the starting point of any conversation with your partner about their snoring. Tell them you care about them and that you’re trying to help them protect themselves from the negative effects of snoring.
Make sure to have conversations about snoring when you honestly feel and can honestly express your affection. Ideally, your partner should also be in a good mood.
Snoring Treatment Works
People will often argue that there’s no good treatment for snoring. They may point to numerous over-the-counter treatments as evidence that snoring treatment doesn’t work. Perhaps they have even tried one or two of these.
While it’s true that most over-the-counter remedies have low effectiveness, it’s not true that snoring treatment generally doesn’t work. Snoring treatment designed specifically for you by a Lee’s Summit sleep dentist can work.
Snoring Affects Their Sleep
You might think your partner is sleeping peacefully when they’re snoring, but they’re not. Snoring is the sound of the body struggling to breathe. In this struggle, the body suffers. It spends less time in deep, restorative sleep. Even if your partner spends a full eight hours sleeping, they likely get much less restful sleep than they need.
Snoring Affects Their Health
Snoring is bad for your health. While not as bad as sleep apnea, snoring has been linked to atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and stroke.
Snoring Could Be Linked to Sleep Apnea
Snoring is often the most obvious warning sign of sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition. Sleep apnea occurs when the body loses the struggle to breathe: the airway collapses, cutting off the air supply. The brain has to awaken slightly to resume breathing. Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly condition: it can make a person as much as six times more likely to die early.
As a first step in snoring treatment, a Lee’s Summit sleep dentist will recommend a sleep test to determine if your partner has sleep apnea.
Snoring Saps Your Energy
All of us are getting older, and it’s normal to find that we don’t have the energy we used to have. However, snoring can make this worse. Because you’re not getting enough sleep at night, you often find you don’t have the energy you used to for all the things you want or need to do during the day. If you’ve noticed your partner complaining that they don’t have the energy they used to, you might link this to their snoring.
Snoring Reduces Your Enjoyment of Life
Another effect of poor sleep is a loss of enjoyment in life. People who aren’t getting enough rest at night often find that they don’t enjoy life the way they used to. Favorite activities get abandoned or worked on much less because they don’t provide the joy they used to, or they now seem like more trouble than they’re worth.
In addition, snoring is linked to sexual dysfunction–decreased sexual drive and reduced sexual pleasure–for both men and women.
Snoring Could Be Affecting Your Work
Has your partner been complaining about work a lot more recently? Are they having trouble winning promotions, raises, or recognition? This could be due to snoring. Snoring can cause people to put less effort into their work. They might not be conscious that they’re doing less because they feel they’re working hard. However, they’re drawing from a diminished pool of reserves.
In addition, snoring can make people irritable, so they don’t get along as well with coworkers. This can affect their ability to do their job or make it so that people don’t like them and won’t give them promotions or recognition.
Our Lee’s Summit sleep dentists often see people struggling at work because of poor sleep. We’ve helped many patients get their professional lives back on track.
Snoring Affects Our Relationship
You don’t want to make the snoring conversation all about you, but it’s important to mention that your partner’s snoring is affecting you and your relationship with them. Don’t take too much time, but be clear if you’re experiencing the effects of snoring like those listed above, too.
It’s best not to make this conversation into an ultimatum–“Get snoring treatment or else”–especially an ultimatum you aren’t prepared to act on. However, it’s also important, to be honest if you feel that you can’t continue in this situation.
Our Lee’s Summit sleep dentists have helped many couples get past the challenge of snoring to rebuild their relationships stronger than ever.
Snoring Is Worse Than You Think
Finally, your partner might argue that their snoring isn’t as bad as you make it out to be. You can effectively prove to them that their snoring is bad by recording their snoring.
However, don’t record their snoring secretly then surprise them with the recording. This can make them feel violated and ambushed. They will get defensive and not want to listen to or trust the recording.
Instead, if your partner is arguing their snoring isn’t bad, enlist them in the project to figure out how bad it might be. There are apps that will use a phone to monitor snoring. Many are free. Though the free version might not have all the features, it’ll be enough to demonstrate the point. If your partner wants, let them be the one to pick the app and download it on their phone so they can see for themselves the evidence is trustworthy.
Once you both have objective evidence of snoring, it can be easier to discuss the next step.
Effective Snoring Treatment in Lee’s Summit
If you and your partner are prepared to take the next step for snoring treatment, the Center for TMJ & Sleep Apnea in Lee’s Summit can help. Our experienced and talented sleep dentists, Dr. Larry Pribyl and Dr. Jim Kleoppel can help you find an appropriate and effective treatment for snoring or sleep apnea, depending on your condition.
Please call (816) 795-1000 or use our online form today to request an appointment at the Center for TMJ & Sleep Apnea in Lee’s Summit.