Researchers from the Rush University Medical Centre have
found that husbands can get better treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
if they share their bed with their wives. OSA is a sleep disorder wherein soft
tissues of the throat collapse and lead to sleep disturbances like snoring and
The study involved 10 married couples with the husband
using a continuous positive airway pressure or a CPAP device to help normalize
breathing as he was affected by OSA.
"A person with sleep apnea actually never sleeps properly
and is very tired and the partner is disturbed and may be angry," said lead
researcher Dr Rosalind Cartwright from Rush University Medical Centre. Using
the CPAP is cumbersome and most people prefer not to use it.
The current study found that on days when couples slept
separately husbands used the SPAP just four hours in the night. However on days
when they shared their bed with their wives, they used the device for
three-quarters of the night.
The details of the study appear in the Journal of
Clinical Sleep Medicine.