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How Sleep Apnea Affects Sleep Partners

There is plenty of scientific evidence to demonstrate the risks of sleep apnea to patients who have it. However, sleep apnea also affects the patient’s sleep partner. One of the hallmark characteristics of sleep apnea is loud, persistent snoring. It can be challenging for a partner to fall asleep and stay asleep. This means that partners are susceptible to developing health complications from chronic sleep deprivation. 

 

On a short-term basis, insomnia sleep deprivation can cause sleep partners to suffer from poor productivity, performance, and alertness, which may increase the risk of accidents. It also affects cognitive ability and memory, and can lead to poor quality of life. On a long-term basis, sleep deprivation caused by persistent snoring may increase a partner’s risk of cardiovascular ailments like heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart failure. It may also increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and certain psychiatric disorders like depression. Sleep is crucial for health and quality of life. It’s important to get sleep apnea under control so that everyone in the family can rest well at night. 

 

To confirm the diagnosis and get started on a treatment plan for sleep apnea, call Sleep Dynamics at (848) 217-0240. Our sleep medicine specialists provide effective, personalized CPAP treatment throughout central New Jersey. 


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