If you fall asleep to the melodious sound of your husband snoring, then you may be hearing more than the disruption of a peaceful night. Snoring, while in some cases harmless, can also be a symptom of a serious sleep condition. As a spouse, you are uniquely able to identify this and other warning signs and encourage your husband to seek treatment.
Men Diagnosed More
Sleep issues come in a variety of forms, from insomnia to problems with excessive movement. Sleep apnea, a disorder where breathing stops and starts during sleep, is the most common. It often occurs when a person’s airway becomes obstructed during sleep.
Sleep apnea is far more prevalent in men than women. Experts estimate that 14 percent of men suffer from sleep apnea, compared with 5 to 6 percent of women. It’s a condition that can have serious health implications, causing fragmented sleep, daytime tiredness, memory problems, high blood pressure, and morning headaches. Long-term, sleep apnea increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can impact testosterone levels and make diabetes and blood pressure harder to control.