“Sleep Divorce”: The key to a lasting relationship?

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Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 10:33 pm    

Shutterstock 410426641You may have heard of the latest celebrity trend called “sleep divorce.” When one or both parts of a couple find that they cannot sleep in the same bed together, for any number of reasons, they choose to sleep in separate beds. For some, this is the only way they can save their relationship and their circadian rhythm. 

Carson Daly became the latest celebrity to join the trend. Daly announced on the Today Show that he and his wife got “sleep divorced.” Daly has severe sleep apnea and uses a CPAP machine to help him breathe at night. His wife, pregnant with their fourth child, found that she couldn’t sleep next to him because the CPAP machine made too much noise. 

Dr. Oz says sleeping in separate beds might work for some couples, but it’s something they should only try on a trial basis. Try sleeping in separate beds, but in the same room, three nights a week, to see how it feels, Oz says. “Invest in your sleep, and you’ll be investing in your relationship. You can’t shortcut that,” he said.

Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up to choking or gasping
  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat
  • Daytime sleepiness, mood changes, decreased libido, or forgetfulness

If left untreated, sleep apnea could prove to be highly dangerous. If you have sleep apnea, your breathing is being interrupted continuously while you sleep, blocking the flow of oxygen to your brain. This could lead to more significant health issues down the road, including physical and mental impairment.

Fortunately, there are other methods for treating sleep apnea that doesn’t involve sleeping in separate rooms or beds, or using loud CPAP machines. Dr. Brown and the team at Silent Night Therapy can help you find the solution that is right for you, including potentially using an oral sleep appliance to help treat harmful and disruptive sleep apnea.

Contact the OSA Team at Silent Night Therapy

If you or your partner is experiencing sleep apnea, get in touch with a specialist like Dr. Brown at Silent Night Therapy. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep, and we’ll be here to find the solution that will help you get it. Schedule your complimentary consultation with us by calling (631) 983-2463 or by filling out a contact form today.