Sleep Disorders: Tips for couples

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Getting the proper amount of sleep is just as important as receiving proper nutrition. Those who are not receiving seven to eight hours of sleep each night on a consistent basis are putting themselves at risk for other health concerns and conditions.

Couples must be respectful of their bed partners and establish habits that promote good sleep hygiene, such as avoiding watching TV or using other electronic devices while in bed or right before bedtime.

Sleep apnea, one of the most common and serious sleep disorders, often goes unnoticed by the individual suffering from it. Therefore, it is important for individuals to be in tune to their spouses and/or bed partners sleep patterns. Consistent snoring is one of the main signs of sleep apnea, therefore, if you notice your spouse snoring frequently, it is important to bring it to their attention and consult with a doctor. Other disorders, such as sleep walking and restless leg syndrome, may cause disturbances during sleep that may only be noticed by the bed partner—these also need to be discussed and evaluated.

A major sign of sleep deprivation is decline in function during the day and consistent fatigue. Often, people will resort to over-the-counter medications to help receive better rest at night; however, this practice can be dangerous, as these people may be ignoring serious, underlying health conditions.

If you or your spouse and/or bed partner is displaying symptoms of a potential sleep problem, talk to your primary care physician about getting referred for a sleep study.  Annie Penn Sleep Disorders Center and Cone Health Sleep Disorders Center (next to Wesley Long Hospital) both offer home and in-lab sleep studies. Leading the studies is an exceptional team of board-certified sleep medicine specialists, sleep technologists and respiratory therapists using state-of-the art sleep monitoring equipment.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Vineet Sood is a pulmonologist at Lebauer Pulmonology and a member of the Cone Health Sleep Disorders Center medical staff. Dr. Sood is a 1998 graduate of Saba University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Sood also completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and a fellowship in sleep medicine at State University of New York School of Medicine at Buffalo.