There are plenty of reasons couples sleep in separate beds. Although sometimes couples sleep apart because of relationship trouble, they might also be sleeping separately for convenience. Maybe their sleeping styles don’t mesh — one steals the blankets while the other sleep talks — or maybe their sleep schedules don’t align. But there’s also another reason why couples stop sleeping in the same bed: snoring.

Snoring affects around 90 million adults, and can seriously disrupt the sleep of anyone sharing a bed with the snorer. Depending on the frequency or violentness of a particular snorer, sometimes even earplugs can’t drown them out.

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Don’t Let Snoring Hurt Your Relationship

We’re socialized to expect that couples should sleep together in the same bed, but sleeping in separate beds doesn’t have to be the death knell of a relationship. Some people value their personal space enough that having their own space for sleeping is important. And there are no rules saying that you have to have a consistent sleeping arrangement — you can mix it up depending on the night.

Medical professionals note that skin-to-skin contact is extremely important to humans. It reduces stress levels, helps with anxiety, and even strengthens the immune system. But that contact doesn’t have to happen in bed at night. Just make sure that if you’re not getting that skin-to-skin contact while you snooze, that you get it during waking hours.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the sleeping decision you make is right for both partners.

Sleeping Arrangements Won’t Solve the Snoring Problem

Unfortunately, while snoring doesn’t have to be a problem for your love life, it’s still a health problem. Snoring is a common hallmark of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes a sleeper to stop breathing for up to a minute. These breathing interruptions can happen hundreds of times per night without the sleeper being aware, lowering blood-oxygen levels, and increasing a sleeper’s chance of heart disease, diabetes, and more.

So if you are a chronic snorer, what’s the solution? We offer effective snoring and sleep apnea treatment. Our sleep apnea treatments are nonsurgical, comfortable, and effective. Unlike traditional treatments like CPAP machine, the right dentist can offer oral appliances that don’t require constant attention and upkeep.

If you are looking for effective treatment of snoring or sleep apnea in Wichita Falls, TX, please call 940-322-2252 today for an appointment with a sleep trained dentist at StarImage Dentistry.