Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just important for your health and overall well-being – it can also have a huge impact on your marriage.
Most people are surprised to find out that sleep can affect a relationship. Snoring, in particular, is a major hurdle that hurts marriages and can ultimately lead to divorce.
Take this instance for example:
A wife is woken up in the middle of the night due to her husband’s snoring. This happens virtually every night and is now affecting her mood and performance at work. For the wife, she now holds real frustration and anger due to her lack of sleep. For the husband, he feels as though his wife is picking on him and nagging.
This scenario is a reality for many couples who have a partner dealing with sleep apnea.
Top 3 Reasons Snoring Leads to Divorce
So, how does snoring lead to divorce? Consider these three reasons snoring can eventually lead to the end of a marriage:
Resentment: Not being able to get a full night’s sleep can have a negative effect on nearly every aspect of a person’s life. If a partner is the culprit of sleepless nights, it’s only natural that the husband or wife will eventually become resentful. Resentment paired with poor communication can easily lead to the disintegration of a once healthy relationship.
Changes in Mood: Lack of sleep can also lead to changes in mood for both the person snoring and their partner. These changes can also lead to the development of psychological problems like depression or anxiety. According to researchers from UC Berkeley, lack of sleep leads to the firing up of the brain regions associated with emotional processing.
Extreme mood changes, depression, or anxiety all affect an individual and unfortunately, the health of their relationships.
Lack of Closeness: If sleep deprivation becomes severe, couples may opt to sleep away from each other. Of course, this is merely putting a band-aid on a much bigger problem and can actually harm the marriage.
The time a couple spends together before drifting off to sleep is very important. During this time, couples can catch up, make decisions, and deal with disagreements. Without this time, couples can drift away from each other and lose the intimate aspect of their marriage.
Save Your Health and Your Relationships
There are various factors that can contribute to snoring, but we find sleep apnea to be the main cause for many patients. If you suspect you or your loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, don’t wait to seek treatment!
Untreated sleep apnea isn’t just a risk to your health, but it can also have a negative impact on your relationship. Contact North Texas Sleep Solutions today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rebecca Lauck.