How snoring can result in relationship issues exterior of the bed room

ROANOKE, Virginia. – If you are a victim or maybe the cause of sleepless nights because of snoring, you know how frustrating that can be.

Not only is snoring a lack of sleep, it can lead to serious relationship problems, including a divorce.

Around half of people will snore at some point in their life. Combine that with the seven in ten Americans who share a bed at night and you have a recipe for less cuddling and more stress.

About 40 percent of men and 24 percent of women are guilty of snoring. It creates short-term problems for you and the person trying to sleep next to you.

“I noticed that I was just as when I woke up as I was when I went to bed,” says Eric Pellant, who has sleep apnea.

“At first it was just ‘roll over, roll over’, you know, because it kept me awake,” said Kathy Pellant, Eric’s wife.

The problems extend beyond the bedroom, however.

“If I stopped at a traffic light or something, you can just say, ‘Okay, I’ll just close my eyes for a second because they’re heavy.’ And the next thing you know, you hear a horn and say, ‘Oh, I have to go!’ “Said Eric.


“He would be grumpy all the , and not just grumpy, he would be forgetful. He wouldn’t be motivated so we had projects planned and he didn’t feel like doing them or he would start doing them and because he was and had to take a nap and I was walking around the house and he was on the couch is sleeping, ”said Kathy.

“It was a bigger problem than I wanted to admit,” said Eric.

Eric and Kathy are certainly not alone. Studies show that couples in whom one person snores are more likely to have marital problems and much higher divorce rates.

“It’s a very common problem,” said Dr. Frank Biscardi, director of the Carilion Sleep Center.

Biscardi said that the numbers for snoring and sleep apnea in southwest Virginia are actually slightly higher than the national average, as they are often related to obesity.

In the laboratory, they monitor everything that happens when you sleep: heart rate, oxygen levels and every detail of the movements of your eyes, arms and legs. It’s all evidence to corroborate what the studies say and what the patient’s partner already knows.


“People sleep deprived and become irritable, and people sleep in different rooms and relationships become tense, and people don’t like being told they snore. It’s kind of hurtful, even though 40% of us do, ”said Biscardi.

A lot of people are embarrassed, but Kathy and Eric said doing something about it could keep you sleeping and keep your relationship afloat.

“It’s also not really sexy to sit there and snore or drool and so on at night,” said Kathy.

“She doesn’t have to walk on eggshells because she’s around a picky mortar,” said Eric.

“He felt better. He felt stronger. He felt more awake and that kind of improved the quality, ”said Kathy.

“Not only did my sleep improve, but her sleep and our relationship probably improved too,” said Eric.

The problems with snoring extend well beyond your relationships. This can also lead to serious health problems.

On Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. we will take a closer look at these and what you can do to prevent them that could ultimately save your life.


Click here to learn more about Carilion’s Sleep Center, with locations in Roanoke, Westlake, New River Valley and Lexington.

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