How to Convince Your Husband to Get a Sleep Test

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

During the day, he’s your knight in shining armor. At night, he’s the villain who steals your sleep with his loud snoring.

Ladies, if this is your relationship with your husband, you are not alone. There’s a condition called sleep apnea that causes extremely loud snoring. While women can also have sleep apnea, it’s much more common in men.

Snoring, however, is the least of the problems associated with this condition. Among other things, sleep apnea can cause hypertension, diabetes and obesity. If left untreated, it can even be deadly.

Many people are hesitant to get tested for it. Either they don’t want to face the fact that they have a serious condition, or they laugh off the noises they make at night. Here’s a few suggestions to convince your spouse to get tested for sleep apnea:

Record him.

This is probably the most common method women use to convince their spouses to get tested for sleep apnea. Not only can it convince him to finally make an appointment, it might even be helpful for the doctor to listen to.

Schedule Him an Appointment with His Primary Care Provider.

The primary care provider can order a simple overnight pulse oximetry test.  A recording pulse oximeter measures oxygen levels in the blood and heart. Have him wear it at night, and then show him that his body is starving for O2 when he sleeps. While he may laugh off the external symptom of snoring, he may become more somber if he’s shown numbers that demonstrate there’s something wrong on the inside.

Take Out a Life Insurance Policy.

If he still isn’t convinced, tell him you are taking a large life insurance policy on him. Explain to him that if he isn’t going to take his health seriously, you need to prepare for a life without him. While this may be a dramatic response, the truth is that sleep apnea could very well cause his demise.

 

When you do finally convince your husband to have a test done, be prepared for some changes! If he is diagnosed with sleep apnea, he will likely need to use CPAP equipment. Your friends at CarePro Home Medical  can assist you and your husband in picking out the right equipment for him.

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