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How Sleep Issues Can Turn into Family Problems

POSTED BY: Donny Hodges

When most people think about family problems they think of serious issues like finances, work- related stress, or lack of communication. An issue that usually does not come up is sleep. Many families often overlook the fact that a good night’s sleep can make the difference in how productive we are at work, how we interact with our spouse and children, or simply our overall outlook on life. We often forget that the person you share your bed with each night can have a significant influence on your own sleep quality. That is increasing becoming the case with a culprit called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is defined as periods of interrupted breathing, as frequently as several hundred times during sleep. But for most of us it is simply defined as loud snoring that makes falling asleep nearly impossible. While some people think that sleep apnea is simply a nuisance many do not realize that it is a dangerous condition that can lead to high blood pressure, rapid weight gain, personality changes, impotence, signs of heart failure or enlargement, and in some rare cases death.
Studies have shown that women who have trouble falling asleep are more likely to report negative interactions with their partner the next day.
Dr. Clelia Lima, sleep specialist at the Center for Sleep Disorders at Florida Hospital says "Wives who take longer to fall asleep because their husbands snore excessively the night before often report poorer interactions with their husbands the next day. When you are irritated, the person you’re most likely to take it out on is your spouse or partner." 

If you suspect you or your spouse has sleep apnea, these are some of the things you should be looking for:
  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for breath
  • Sleeping during the day
  • Morning headaches
If you feel that you or a family member is suffering from sleep apnea talk with them and consult your physician.
To schedule a Sleep Study, please visit Florida Hospital Apopka or call 407-646-7466.