Numerous studies have shown that sleep plays a huge part in keeping our minds and bodies healthy. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to deadly diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, dementia and poor cardiovascular health. Now, new research suggests that sleep may also play a big role in keeping relationships healthy.
Cosmopolitan recently highlighted two separate studies which suggest that poor sleep may make it difficult for couples to stay together. According to the international women’s magazine, one particular study out of the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrated that adequate sleep helped to promote feelings of gratitude within relationships, while another study out of the same university showed that insufficient sleep made partners feel less appreciative toward one another.
Sleep a Touchy Subject
Since insufficient sleep leads to fatigue and daytime drowsiness; it stands to reason that people would have difficulty focusing on their partners’ needs. On the other hand, sleep issues can have other serious effects on relationships. Past studies suggest that nearly half of all U.S. adults share a bed with someone who snores. This can have an especially damaging effect on relationships by causing resentment; it can even force couples to resort to sleeping in separate rooms.
Taking Positive Steps
As couples begin to understand the role sleep plays in their relationships, they should take steps to improve their situations by adopting healthy lifestyle habits which promote better sleep. This may include getting more exercise, eating better and avoiding technological gadgets close to bedtime. Unfortunately, snorers usually need professional help.
While not always the case, many times, snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea: a serious condition that requires a smart treatment plan. Fortunately, Dr. Berry offers his patients complete relief from sleep apnea symptoms, such as snoring and frequent waking, by providing custom oral sleep appliances which create a clear breathing passage by adjusting the jaw.
To learn more about this comfortable sleep apnea remedy, please call (303) 691-0267 at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado in Denver today.