Sleep apnea is characterized by repeated interrupted breathing during sleep, with periods of being unable to breathe entirely. You may be aware of suddenly jerking awake if unable to catch your breath, but it is likely that your partner or loved one has commented on loud and continuous snoring.
Being unable to get a full night’s rest can have a disastrous impact on your quality of life, but will also affect your partner and loved ones. Sleep apnea leaves sufferers feeling tired and irritable, so you may be less approachable and engaged with your children, friends and partner.
You could also suffer from mood swings and irritability, causing you to lash out at family. Low energy and feeling sleepy will make you less productive at work, which affects relationships with co-workers and your employer.
Health Impact of Sleep Apnea on You and Your Partner
The impact of sleep apnea on your health and quality of life is undeniable. However, you must also consider that your condition is affecting the well-being of your partner. Many of our patients advise that the first indication they had sleep apnea came from interrupting a loved one’s ability to rest by tossing and turning in the night, accompanied by snoring.
Even if you are able to sleep, those that care for you may struggle as they anticipate you gasping for breath. Health issues that impact sleep apnea sufferers similarly affect those with whom they share a bed. Consistent sleep deprivation leads to an increase in the hormones governing stress and hunger. Recent weight gain and increased irritability for your cohabitee could be directly linked to your sleep apnea.
Consider the Long-Term Effects of Sleep Apnea
It is undeniable that sleep apnea impacts you and your partner’s day-to-day lives. Your ability to complete daily tasks will be impacted, and you may experience friction in relationships. The long-term health impacts of sleep apnea cannot be overstated. Without treatment, sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and Alzheimer’s.
You are more at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident due to fatigue induced by sleep apnea. Are you prepared to put your partner through the trauma of losing you or witnessing you in an impaired state? Don’t rest on your symptoms; contact the Atlanta Sleep Apnea Treatment Center in Georgia today.
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