Sleep May Be The Key To Maintaining A Healthy Marriage

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Researchers have found that 63% of Americans aren't getting enough sleep during the week. A lack of sleep can impact your overall quality of life, from affecting your productivity at work to making you too tired to enjoy time with family and friends. For married couples, being tired can lead to bickering, stress, and a less-than-ideal romantic life. If you want to keep your marriage going strong, here are a few things to consider.

1. Put down the phone.

It's late at night, and you're curled up on the couch or in bed with your partner . . . but instead of enjoying each other's company, you're staring at your own phones or tablets. If this scenario is a familiar one in your house, you might want to rethink your evening ritual. 

Personal devices can keep you up later than normal, as studies have shown, because they keep your brain alert and can disturb your natural circadian rhythm. While that cool, bluish light and the endless things to read are hard to walk away from, stashing your phone or tablet can go a long way in improving the connection you have with your spouse and getting you to bed on time. Experts recommend that you power down everything 30 minutes before bed.

2. Snoring might not be a laughing matter.

A little bit of snoring is a bit annoying, but it's an issue that can be resolved easily. Solutions often include a nudge, rolling over, or some earplugs.

On the other hand, severe snoring can be problematic for both partners. If you think that you or your spouse has a true problem with snoring, there may be a bigger issue at hand.

Snoring occurs when the airways are blocked in some way. This could be because of congestion or the structure of the nose and throat area. Because it's connected to breathing, snoring could also indicate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when your breathing is temporarily paused while you're sleeping, and it could occur a few times in a night or much more frequently. This condition makes it difficult to get a good night's rest and can lead to perpetual fatigue.

To remedy sleep apnea, you can try losing weight, using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and surgery. Surgery is sometimes the best answer, as it alters the structure of the nose or throat area so that air flows through more efficiently. You can speak with your doctor about what options may be available to you.

If you're always feeling tired, it might be time to rethink your sleep patterns and to take some action to improve them. Getting 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep a night can be just what you need to wake up in a good mood and ready to spend time with your spouse.

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14 June 2016

Learning More About ENT Specialist Care Practices

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