Snoring Is a Leading Cause of Divorce
Can snoring really cause divorce? We all know that snoring is an annoying problem. And at this point, you probably know that snoring can also lead to a lot of health issues. And sleep apnea, which is kind of like super-powered snoring that keeps you from breathing, is even worse!
But there is another problem linked to snoring that a lot of people simply don’t pay enough attention to. As it turns out, sleep is important to every single facet of our lives… and this includes our romantic, intimate relationships.
In fact, it could be said that your marriage needs sleep as much as your body does!
So what happens when your snoring problem disrupts your relationship, and not just your sleep? Is this even a problem? Shouldn’t spouses/partners understand that their significant other cannot possibly control whether or not they snore?
Well, you should know that snoring can do a lot more damage to your marriage/relationship than you probably thought. And in this post, we are going to talk about it.
What Does Snoring Have to Do with Your Relationship?
Firstly, obstructive sleep apnea has been shown to have a relatively profound effect on sexual health. It can lower libido in women, and has even been shown to promote erectile dysfunction in men. Humans need quality sleep for ALL of the systems in their body… including their reproductive system.
With a lack of sleep can come a drop in proper hormone levels. And when this happens, sexual health can begin to deteriorate.
But that isn’t even the biggest factor. As it turns out, snoring is actually one of the leading causes of divorce, and for good reason. The constant interruption of sleep caused by snoring can actually place a lot of stress on the relationship… both during sleeping and waking hours. Poor sleep tends to put us into ‘survival’ mode, and we have more trouble empathizing with our partner when we do not have our sleep needs met.
Let’s be honest. None of us are ‘super happy’ when we aren’t getting enough sleep. We get irritable and grumpy, and eventually, this will come out directed at our partner. And that is certainly not a good recipe for relationship longevity.
Take this into account, along with a dwindling libido and/or an inability to even perform sexually, and you have the makings of one quick-served divorce!
How to Avoid Letting Lack of Sleep Cause Divorce
Prioritizing sleep is one of the best things you can do for your marriage/relationship. But this must be an intentional choice. Try going to bed earlier. You should also make sure that you do something about your snoring problems. If you need to buy a stop snoring device, do it. If you need to sleep in separate rooms, do that.
Try to give each other the time you need to get a healthy night’s rest. If that means taking turns napping, then do that.
The entire point here is to make sure that you are both getting your needs met… with sleep being the need that should come first. This could even mean getting a babysitter or a nanny for the kids. But even if you have to spend some extra money to make sleep a priority, we would suggest doing so.
You cannot expect to live a full, healthy, happy life without getting enough sleep. And you definitely can’t expect your relationship to survive un-marred when you are facing such obstacles. Snoring and sleep loss can really do a number on your relationship with your mate—so try your best to make up the difference and fix the problem before it’s too late.