Matrimonial relations can be adversely affected as a result of snoring, according to research results revealed by the Sleep Disorders Center at Rush University Medical Center in Illinois. Most women are negatively affected by the snoring of their husbands. This problem has also led to divorces, according to the research. As many as 10 couples were studied during the course of the research. A tense relationship develops between the couple when one of them is deprived of sleep on a continuous basis.
After completing surveys about sleepiness, marriage satisfaction, and quality of life, the couple spends the night in a sleep laboratory where technicians determine each partner's quality and quantity of sleep. Following two weeks of treatment, the diagnostic tests and surveys are repeated.
For patients participating in the study, the Center offers treatment using continuous positive airway pressure. The non-invasive treatment prevents the upper airway from collapsing during sleep, allowing the lungs to function normally during sleep. The early results are reported to have been positive.
The study of the first 10 couples is likely to be completed by April. If the results are promising, the study will be expanded to include more couples.