Wives can help snoring hubbies
Are you having problems sleeping because your hubby snores? You can help him overcome this problem. A recent study on married couples shows that wives can help their husbands overcome sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common type of breathing interruption while sleeping wherein the airway collapses, causing shallow or blocked breathing, along with snoring. However, snoring is not just a pain to the ears. It can have other health implications such links to heart disease, hypertension, depression, stroke, diabetes, and sexual dysfunction.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, snoring is quite prevalent among Americans. A 2005 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation revealed the following:
- 67% of those interviewed have a partner who snores.
- More 50% admits their snoring disturbs the partner’s sleep.
- 31% are forced to sleep in a separate bedroom, or to use earplugs in order to get some sleep.
Rush University Medical Center researchers in Chicago looked at 10 men with obstructive sleep apnea and their non-snoring wives. First, the couples were asked to sleep together for two nights in a sleep lab to get their sleeping behavior. Then for two weeks the men were hooked up to a breathing device that delivers continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) at home. The result showed that men used the breathing device more if they slept in the same bed with their wives compared to those whose wives left the bed. By using the breathing device, the snorers can get better treatment for their breathing problem. These findings suggest that health professionals should educate married couples how they can work together in treating obstructed sleep apnea of their partners.