Snoring often disrupts the sleep of family members and partners just as much as the person doing the snoring. Snoring can take a toll not just on the quality of someone’s sleep but also on their ability to function while awake, their health, and their relationships. Sometimes, people do not even realize they snore or have a sleeping disorder and will deny or downplay the importance of the issue. Speaking to someone you care about is worth the effort as snoring is not just a nuisance, it’s a serious medical issue.
You may find the following suggestions helpful in approaching a conversation that might help your family member or friend seek the medical assistance they need:
- Have the discussion when you are both calm and take a helpful approach.
- Tell the person that you care for them and are concerned for his or her health and wellbeing.
- Share with him or her that they did not appear to be sleeping well and/or seem tired during the day.
- Ask if they remember any of the symptoms they displayed during the night (snoring, waking up, stopping breathing, etc.)
- Help the person understand the negative impact sleep disorders have on their health, their ability to function while awake, their happiness, and their health.
- If the snoring or sleep disorder is keeping you and/or other family awake, gently mention the impact it’s having on all of you.
- Offer to book an appointment with a doctor or take him or her to one of our Sleep Therapeutics clinics to chat with our staff. You may also offer to accompany them if it will make them more comfortable.
The message is that snoring isn’t a normal part of sleep that you should live with. It is a medical issue that is correctable with assistance from medical professionals.
We welcome you to contact us for assistance for yourself or a loved one.