For those who have found themselves kept awake by the sound of their partner snoring know what a nuisance it can be. It often starts with an abrupt awakening as a result of the snoring, which leads to feelings of anger, annoyance, and exhaustion. When the body’s health is so dependent on having a good night’s rest, it is no surprise that a lack of sleep cause by a snoring partner can adversely affect the relationship. The purpose of this article is to outline some of the negative psychological effects sleep loss can have on your partner and relationship, and various solutions to help resolve the problem.
The negative effects of snoring on relationships are numerous.
As soon as a snoring problem is identified, you will realize quickly that your partner becomes short, agitated, and loses the ability to be empathetic. Try to understand that this reaction is normal. Inefficiency in the workplace as a result of fatigue, a loss of desire to be intimate, and in some cases, causing couples to sleep in different bedrooms, are all potential effects snoring can come as a result of snoring; so any of the previous reactions are understandably justified.
This is why not only is it important to address the problem immediately, but to be receptive to your partner’s feelings about the issue and to work together solving the issue. This is because the problem is one of mutuality: snoring affects the health of both individuals adversely.
Snoring can lead to the development of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the air passages in the throat seal to cause an apneic event. This condition may seem a mere inconvenience initially, but can develop to become a serious health risk. In addition, when your partner is kept up by snoring they are at risk of fatigue. This can be destructive to their workplace efficiency, general bodily health, and even make them accident-prone. If they are working in a stressful environment, sleep can be a great way to recover after a hard day. That said, if they are kept up by a snoring partner, that relief may not be had, and will likely cause their stress to increase in intensity.
WHAT CAN I DO TO CONTROL MY SNORING CONDITION?
Seeking medical advice should be the first consideration when tackling a snoring condition. The goal is to find exactly the type of snorer you are, and to discuss potential aids to manage the problem.
There are two different types of snorers, nasal snorers and throat snorers. Depending on the medical diagnosis, there are sleep devices tailored to help control both nasal and throat snoring conditions. Unfortunately, many are invasive, uncomfortable, or ineffective. An important note is that all devices take some time to get used to, even the effective ones. However, it typically only takes a few sessions of use for the discomfort to ebb; not to mention the minor initial discomfort is worth the reward of improving your relationship and health.
For a nasal snorer, a chin strap device that forces air down the nasal passages is often the most effective. There are also specially designed nasal plug devices that keep nose open to allow air flow without any collapsing to varying effect.
For a throat snorer, there is are highly effective devices, like AveoTSD, that hold the tongue in place to prevent airway obstruction are the best options. One type doesn’t always work for all, but finding the best anti snoring device that work is vitally important.
There is a notable variance in price among potential device options. Here are a list of some devices, their rated effectiveness, and cost:
For Throat Snorers:
AveoTSD, rated 4.8/5 – The AveoTSD is a clinically tested, safe and cost-effective item that runs at at approximately $130. It acts by holding the tongue in suspension to prevent it a blockage from occurring in the throat. Despite the brief discomfort period that can take up to a week to get over, this product is highly successful in remedying mild to accelerated cases of snoring.
Snore Guard Pro, rated 3/5 – The Snore Guard Pro is a mouthpiece that holds the jaw in a forward position to keep the air passages open and thus prevents the possibility of obstruction. The biggest problem with Snore Guard Pro is that it only has a success rate of about 50%, and can cause significant jaw discomfort.
For Nasal Snorers:
Snoring Solutions Snore Cones, rated 3/5 – Nasal cones are a little more expensive than strips, averaging at $22 for pack of a two. Nasal cones claim to be more effective then strips, but success varies among individual users, and no one company’s product seems to markedly out-perform another’s.
Breathe Right Nasal Strips, rated 4.5/5 – The cost of these nasal trips run at about $12 for a pack of 26 strips, and therefore a smart option to test out. The operation is simple: the strips are an adhesive tape-like product, that, when put on in the instructed way, opens the nasal passages to prevent closure.
All of these devices do have a break-in period, and certainly vary from individual to individual. However, there is a range of success to be noted, so getting medical consultation and choosing the right device is paramount.
Note, devices aren’t the only way to combat snoring. There are device-free ways to reduce or eliminate snoring, but usually results come after much time and effort. As a result, it’s recommended that you engage in the following activities in conjunction with using an anti-snoring device. These activities include:
- Avoiding exercise within 3 hours before bed.
- Avoiding alcohol consumption
- Consuming caffeine before bed, and
- Over-stimulation of the muscles
As you can see, there are numerous ways to remedy snoring, so it’s senseless to allow a relationship to have problems on behalf of something so curable with a device. Don’t gamble with your relationship; find a solution and get your relationship back on track!