Romance,flowers and chocolates… this is what the ‘Valentine’s Day’ dream is made of … until one bed partner snores like a bear, the house is shaking and ‘bang’ the dream is shattered and you’re sleeping alone.

We all make light of snoring and it can be the source of entertainment down at the local, but in reality snoring can be very damaging to our closest relationships. Its not uncommon to find couples sleeping in separate beds due to one of the partners’ loud snoring, missing out on intimacy an cuddling. Inevitably this causes distance in our relationship.

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Snoring, a form of Sleep Disordered Breathing, interferes with sleep quality and sleep quantity – for the person who snores and also for the person who sleeps with or near the snorer.

As top divorce lawyer, Marilyn Stowe of Stowe Family Law LLP, comments:

“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.

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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.

 

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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