When it comes to sleep apnea, the proverbial canary in the coal mine is usually the bed partner. If you’ve been having marital problems because your spouse keeps you up all night with their constant snoring, it might be time to have them tested for sleep apnea.
However, people can be reluctant to have sleep tests done for a variety of reasons. Maybe they think their partner is overreacting. Maybe they’re scared of what they will find out. Whatever the reason is, Advanced Sleep Medicine is here with some tips on convincing your partner to get sleep test:
Record them – For some people, it is hard to believe something without seeing it. Taking a video or audio recording of a loved one during sleep may be the best proof they need to believe and to be compelled to schedule a sleep test. This recording may also be helpful when talking with a doctor about their sleep concerns.
Use a Health Tracker—There’s a number of smart watches out there that can record their internal data, including how many times they woke up during the night and what their heart rate was during those incidences. While they may laugh at the external symptom of snoring, they may be a little more somber if they have proof that something is going on internally. After all, it’s not good to have the heart rate jump suddenly from a resting BPM.
Take out a life insurance policy— Explain to your partner that if they aren’t going to take their health seriously, you need to prepare for a life without them. While this may be a dramatic response, the truth is that sleep apnea could very well cause their demise. Putting it in terms of life and death might enough to shake them up and take their health seriously.
When you do finally convince your partner to have their sleep test done, reach out to the experts at Advanced Sleep Medicine. Not only can we perform the tests, we can also get you any equipment you may need after the results come in.