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Does Snoring Ruin Marriages?

Marriage is complicated. It’s hard enough to navigate the ins and outs of matrimony during waking hours, but when something you can’t control, like snoring, threatens your sanity, it can put a strain on your marriage.

The National Sleep Institute reports that 90 million Americans snore. There are hundreds of products, natural remedies and old wives’ tales out there for those who suffer from this nighttime nightmare.

"Most of the people that come to us for sleep problems like snoring have already tried a variety of methods to stop the snoring themselves, but to no avail," said David Buck, DDS, of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics. Buck treats sleep apnea without the use of cumbersome CPAP machines in his practice in Lynnwood, Washington. 

Separate Bedrooms for Partners Who Snore

When all the home remedies fail to work and all the made-for-TV products prove fruitless, many couples turn to separate bedrooms to maintain their sanity and their marriage. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation found that at least 25 percent of couples sleep separately due to sleep issues such as snoring.

Even though this seems severe, research has shown that couples who get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night actually fight more than those who get sufficient sleep, according to a study from Ohio State University. Some couples have reported feeling a distance in their relationship when sleeping in separate rooms.

"Each couple is different," said Buck. "To avoid all of this, the best solution is to seek professional help for snoring as it’s often the sign of something more complicated such as sleep apnea, which is manageable with treatment."

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is the Most Common Form of Sleep Apnea

Buck works with a team of sleep physicians; sleep techs; sleep centers; ear, nose and throat physicians; and even pulmonologists in order to maximize expertise and make sure the patient is evaluated from all angles.

"Most people are surprised to hear that the most common cause of sleep apnea I see in my office is an underdeveloped jaw," he said. "There’s nowhere for the tongue to rest without obstructing the airway in this case."

Buck’s unique orthopedic and orthodontic treatment aims to help the jaw reach its true genetic potential in order to accommodate the tongue with room to breath comfortably. This treatment also means that those who have experienced teeth crowding do not need extractions because the jaw is expanded to make room for all the teeth it was meant to hold.

 

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