“Sleep disorders and the pressure of sharing a bed causing interrupted sleep patterns can have a serious impact on a relationship. Couples may choose to sleep in separate rooms and drift further apart in a process of ‘unconscious uncoupling’.”
There are many factors that can lead to loud snoring such as weight gain, having some alcohol before bedtime, as well as anatomical factors. So for example, when we lie flat and relax the mouth muscles and tongue can block the airways, leading to breathing and snoring difficulties.
Luckily, your dentist can help you by constructing an appliance called a Mandibular Advancement splint. This is appliance worn at nighttime which encourages the muscles away from the airways, leaving everyone to sleep in peace again.
A mandibular advancement splint is custom made, so impressions need to be taken and costs €450.
There are many good reasons to treat snoring, including restoring sleep quality, guarding against risks to health and improving daytime functioning. Protecting the health and intimacy of your relationship is another important reason to acknowledge a snoring problem…and restore that ‘Valentine’s day’ feeling