Did you know that 4 in 10 Canadian marriages end in divorce? When you think of causes of divorce, is snoring one of the first things that comes to mind? Would it surprise you to know that snoring is actually the third leading cause of divorce in the United States? An unfortunate and sad truth – snoring is the third leading cause of American divorces after infidelity and financial issues. UK studies show that 80-90% of people with a snoring partner struggle to achieve REM (rapid eye movement or “deep”) sleep, and will ultimately resort to sleeping in another room away from their snoring partner.

As the snorer, you may not realize it but your sleep is very poor and fragmented when you snore, unconsciously waking hundreds of times. You are more likely to be irritable, lack focus, and are more prone to mood swings. This in turn leads to a lack of intimacy and partner bonding, and ultimately a grudge is held against the snoring partner.

Studies show that one in two couples around the world argues regularly about snoring. When this carries on for years with no resolution or intervention, combined with everyday stressors from work and children and finances, it becomes blatantly clear why snoring was identified as a leading cause of divorce.

Speaking of finances, let’s talk cost. The average cost of a contested divorce in Canada in 2016 was just shy of $13,000. This is solely the cost of the divorce proceedings, not the added cost of relocating, buying new furniture, and the list goes on. The biggest issues we see as healthcare workers in Hospital and home care environments when it comes to a couple dealing with snoring is that the snorer is in denial and afraid to deal with the issue at hand. They are afraid to face the problem head-on and may not see it as an imminent issue.

Finally, they look into the tired eyes of their partner and wonder if their marriage is worth losing over snoring, something that can be remedied so easily.

At Dream Sleep Respiratory, we are here to help! The solution is simple and involves a non-invasive sleep test you can complete in the comfort of your own home. All you need to do is ask your family Doctor for a referral to us, then call our friendly staff to book an appointment. Doctors can also print referral forms conveniently from our website. The test is free and we will contact you quickly and support you and your spouse throughout the process. We use the same technology found in Hospitals and can get a high volume of information from just one night of sleep using our recorder. If your results show your snoring can be resolved with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, DSR offers the latest in technology and the best quality machines. Most machines are similar in size to an alarm clock and run quiet so your spouse can sleep soundly through the night.

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Worried about wearing a mask at night? No problem! We have every style and fit on the market, and offer the utmost in comfort. Our patients report they don’t even notice the mask at night because they are too busy cuddling with their partner, who now shares the bed again. We will be happy to work with you to find the mask or interface that works best for you. If you snore and it’s taking a toll on your marriage, speak to your Doctor and book your appointment with us today. Why pay $13,000 for a divorce when you can get a free sleep test? We also work with you and your insurance provider to get you a quality machine at little to no cost to you and include a follow-up program! Don’t become a statistic – Dream Sleep Respiratory is here to help!

Snoring issue? Dream Sleep is here to help! Contact us now!