Tips for Dealing with a Partner Who Has Sleep Apnea

So your partner has sleep apnea...

Sleep apnea can cause lost sleep and take a toll, even if you're not the one who has it! Sleep apnea symtoms include disrupted breathing and loud snoring, so if your partner has sleep apnea, it's very likely that you aren't getting much sleep either. We have a lot of experience with sleep apnea patients, and here are our tips for how to deal with a partner who is suffering from sleep apnea so you can get some sleep!

CPAP Machines

These machines are loud but are very important for people who have sleep apnea. If the noise is keeping you up, consider moving the base unit to another room or somewhere where its noise won't bother you so much. You can also employ the use of a white noise machine or even wear ear plugs while you sleep.

If Their Sleep Apnea is Untreated, Insist They See a Doctor

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition, so if your partner has untreated sleep apnea, insist they see a doctor right away. You can tell the difference between sleep apnea and regular snoring by considering these telling symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Accidents at work or in car due to fatigue
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

Conditions and symptoms of sleep apnea won't improve on their own. Insist your partner sees a doctor if they are suffering from this medical condition.

Consider Separate Rooms

Sometimes there are no good solutions to sharing a bed with a partner who has sleep apnea except for sleeping in a separate room. If you think your partner has undiagnosed sleep apnea, untreated sleep apnea, or symptoms of sleep apnea that are not improving, give us a call right away so we can help you both get some sleep!

If you can't sleep because your partner has sleep apnea, we can help!