Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Marriage and Sleep Apnea

My Hygienist Stephanie suggested I write this blog. So here it is.

We routinely go to bridal shows to promote our services. Both the groom and especially the bride want to look their best on their momentous life changing event.

When we do these shows, we are assuming that the future married couple will be happily married for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately over half of the marriages end in divorce here in the United States. We can never predict with absolute certainty whether a couple will still be married in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years or until "death do they part". However, we do know that there is a much higher incidence of divorce in these couples where one or both suffer from sleep apnea.

One often overlooked variable is the ability of the couple to get restful and peaceful sleep. When we discuss sleep apnea, we don't normally approach it from this perspective. It is a fact however, that when at least one of the partners suffer from sleep apnea, the other partner in their own way also suffers from it. These couples tend to be more irritable with each other for a couple reasons. One is because the person that has to hear the snoring gets irritable and is often resentful towards their spouse. Another reason is the person that snores doesn't get enough restful sleep and is therefore more irritable because he or she constantly feels tired.

Even if a relationship does not end in divorce, it may end prematurely by death of one of the partners. We know that sleep apnea can take 12-15 years off of someone's life expectancy. In contrast, smoking on average only takes off about 7 years. I shouldn't say "only". That is still quite significant. But sleep apnea is much worse!

I've written a few blogs on the subject. Read them for a brief overview on the subject. There is much more information regarding sleep apnea that is readily available on the internet. If you suspect that you or someone you love may be suffering from sleep apnea, I highly encourage you to research the subject and have a professional evaluate and treat as necessary. Not only will it spare you or a loved one's life, it will increase the quality of life tremendously in many ways.

Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit

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