If you are a snorer, you might be tempted to not take it too seriously. But if you don’t, you need to be prepared for potentially serious consequences. And here we’re not just talking about the risks related to sleep apnea. Although these are serious, they are not the only risks related to your snoring. The sound itself can be so disruptive of your sleep and the sleep of those around you, that it can lead to serious consequences. In fact, a new survey shows that perhaps as much as one in six people surveyed considered leaving their spouse over snoring, and many others have engaged in violence as a result of snoring.
A Source of Dispute
This insight comes from a market survey conducted in the UK. It’s not an authoritative study, nor is it necessarily local to us here in Denver, but the survey’s findings are likely not far off the experience of snorers and their spouses here.
The survey included a nationwide sample of 1500 people in relationships. It found that 78% of couples included at least one snorer. The nonsnoring partner reported serious consequences. In the survey, 14% said that their partner’s snoring completely deprives them of sleep. Others try to find remedies like moving to a spare room (19%) or a child’s room (about 5%) to get better sleep.
Getting snoring resolved faces a number of hurdles, though. Perhaps the biggest hurdle comes from the fact that about 60% of snorers claim that their partner is exaggerating–they don’t have a problem. As a result, about one in 18 say that they argue all the time about snoring. To try to resolve the dispute, more than a quarter (28%) of partners have recorded snoring. The disputes are taking a toll on individuals’ sanity, with nearly 7% saying they are becoming depressed.
The survey notes that a third of people say they are at their wits’ end because of snoring. It doesn’t talk about violence in these situations, but we know that this occurs frequently.
Finding a Solution
In the survey, partners blame many things for disruptive snoring. Over half of those polled said that weight gain was probably to blame for snoring. Many others noted that snoring got worse after a night of drinking alcohol.
However, getting a spouse to agree to lose weight or cut down on alcohol can be another source of tension. Although these can be good places to start, they aren’t usually complete cures for snoring on their own, especially not in time to avoid serious disputes.
Instead, people whose spouse complains about snoring are encouraged to seek a snoring treatment that has proven to be effective.
At the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado in Denver, we offer proven snoring treatments that can stop disputes in the house so everyone can enjoy peaceful days and nights at home. To learn whether you can benefit from these treatments, please call (303) 691-0267 today for an appointment with a sleep dentist.