Can Snoring Lead To Marital problems and Divorce?
(Till snoring do us part!)
Snoring, and the consequent disruption of sleep for both partners, is a common occurrence that may have more of an impact on the marriage than most couples think.
Snoring Can Affect Your Sex Life. The strain and stress of living with a snorer can even lead to domestic dissension and divorce.
Not the least of the problem is sleep deprivation. If your mate’s snoring keeps you awake night after night, then obviously you are not getting the sleep you need. Sleep deprivation can cause irritability, muddled thinking and even illness.
Lack of sleep also leads to poor performance at work and can disrupt family life. When you add all these factors together, it’s no wonder that snoring can lead to divorce.
Often, when a spouse is disturbed by the partner’s snoring, he or she will move into a separate bedroom. According to a recent survey, 80% of snoring couples sleep apart. This is another thing that does not bode well for a good sex life and a happy marriage.
But, besides disturbing the sleep of those who must share your space, snoring can cause other problems. People who snore often awaken with headaches, dry mouths and sore throats. They may not feel as rested as they should because, even if they are not aware of their snoring, still it can disturb their sleep. Snoring also deprives your brain of oxygen that it needs to function properly. This lack of oxygen actually kills off brain cells.
Sleep and Driving Safety- Increased risk for traffic accidents
Tired, drowsy drivers with untreated sleep apnea are less alert and less able to concentrate behind the wheel. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that people with sleep apnea are two to seven times more likely than healthy persons to have a traffic accident.
Link between untreated sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease
Sleep apnea can also increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. In sleep apnea it’s believed that the sudden and repeated drops in blood oxygen levels can increase your blood pressure and strain your cardiovascular system, which, in turn, can lead to heart attack and stroke.
The bottom line is to see your doctor if you think you might have sleep apnea.