When your partner has a sleep disorder – you suffer too

When your partner has a sleep disorder such as snoring, it’s a very good bet that he or she is not the only one missing out on a good night’s rest. More than likely, your sleep is being affected too. Having a partner with a sleep disorder can cause you to lose nearly one full hour of sleep every night and that adds up to 12.5 full days of lost sleep each year.

This loss of sleep is important to you as it can have a major impact on your health and well-being. In rare instances, some disorders cause your partner to flail around and this could be putting even your physical health in nightly jeopardy, as black eyes are not unknown. A partner’s heavy snoring can also seriously affect your personal life. One out of every three adults with a partner says they have major relationship problems as a result of their partner’s disordered sleep.

Man snoring loudly as partner blocks her ears at home in bedroom

Fortunately you don’t have to suffer in sleepy silence. There are useful tips and techniques for coping with your partner’s sleep disorder, and you should always encourage your partner to seek help for a sleep disorder

Your spouse might be snoring loud enough to wake the neighbours, or perhaps even sleepwalking throughout the entire house. However, as long as he or she sleeps throughout the night, they might not even realise there is a problem, and that is often the start of a major problem. Although you may try to grin and bear it, it’s important to realise that encouraging your partner to get help to prevent this is a sign you care.

Snoring is one of the most common sleep problems. It can be harmless, but it can also be a real danger to health. It affects many middle-aged men but can also occur in women, though much less often. If it is the type known as sleep apnoea, it can lead to a host of medical problems, including death.

Snoring and sleep apnoea are simple problems to resolve by the use of a stop snoring mouthpiece which resembles a sports gum shield and adjusts the jaw just enough to open the airways. It will stop the snoring immediately and guard their health. These easy to wear appliances are NHS Approved and can be bought online without prescription for very little – particularly compared to the benefits that they bring to both the relationship and each individual’s health and general welfare.

At other times a sleeping problem can be a symptom of another more dangerous medical problem that can cause insomnia. Properly recognising and treating the underlying condition will also alleviate your partner’s abnormal sleeping habits. So if you notice a change in your partner’s sleeping habits or their sleep disorder is interfering with your sleep, encourage them to consult with his or her doctor. You can even help your partner keep a detailed sleep diary for a couple of weeks to document the symptoms. That will help the doctor identify the problem and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Once your partner’s sleep disorder has been identified, there are many ways that you can help him or her deal with the diagnosis and manage the condition. That will ultimately mean a better night’s rest for both of you – and a happier, healthier life.

John Redfern