Why are newlyweds Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa sleeping in separate beds?

In Touch magazine is reporting that newlyweds Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa are sleeping in separate beds:

“They’ve only been married for five months, but Kevin Jonas and his wife, Danielle Deleasa, are already sleeping in separate beds. According to a friend of the couple’s, when it comes to their sleeping arrangements, the honeymoon is over. But it’s not what you think — the problem is that Kevin, 22, snores like a freight train! “Kevin and Danielle had never spent a night together until their wedding night, so she had no clue that he snores so loudly,” the insider explains. “She loves her husband, but now she sleeps in a guest room when he gets too noisy.” “They are still crazy about each other,” says the pal. “But the snoring has become a big joke for their friends.”

It may be a “big joke” for their friends, but for millions of Americans, snoring is no laughing matter. Nearly 90 million American adults snore — 37 million on a regular basis. And although it may be merely a nuisance to some, for many others it accounts for disruptions their sleep and to their bed-partner’s sleep. This fragmented sleep can lead to poor daytime function with excess fatigue and sleepiness.  Daytime dysfunction and cardiovascular disease are the two most common adverse health effects believed to be casually linked to snoring. About one-half of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea.

What causes Snoring?

Snoring occurs when something blocks the flow of air through the mouth and nose. As a person falls asleep, the muscles of the roof of the mouth (soft palate and uvula), tongue and throat relax. Sometimes these tissues can relax enough that they vibrate and may partially obstruct the  airway. This vibration is what causes the sound of snoring.

What contributes to snoring?
A variety of factors can lead to snoring, including:

  • Mouth anatomy. Having a low, thick soft palate or enlarged tonsils or tissues in the back of the throat (adenoids) can narrow the airway. Being overweight contributes to narrowing of your airway.
  • Alcohol consumption. Snoring can also be brought on by consuming too much alcohol before bedtime. Alcohol relaxes throat muscles and decreases the natural defenses against airway obstruction.
  • Nasal problems. Chronic nasal congestion or a crooked septum between the two sides of the nose (deviated nasal septum) may be to blame.
  • Sleep apnea. Snoring may also be associated with obstructive sleep apnea. In this serious condition, the throat tissues are so flexible that they block the airway, preventing a person from breathing. Sleep apnea is often characterized by loud snoring followed by periods of silence that can last 10 seconds or more. Eventually, the lack of oxygen causes the sleeper to wake up, forcing their airway open with a loud snort or gasping sound. This pattern may be repeated many times during the night. To see a video of sleep apnea, click here.

Untreated sleep apnea can:

  • Increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
  • Increase the risk for or worsen heart failure
  • Make irregular heartbeats more likely
  • Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents

Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and/or breathing devices can successfully treat snoring and  sleep apnea in many people. A physician should be consulted to determine what the specific diagnosis is, and what the best course of treatment would be for that individual.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, “a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health” and in which professional health care providers encourage “empowered patients” and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

1 Comment

  1. Laurence Barsh, DMD

    February 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    This is an unfortunate story because the problem could be managed by a non-invasive dental appliance. It is an example, however, of how problematic snoring can damage a marital relationship.

    One of the least publicized methods of treating snoring and sleep apnea are custom dental mouthpieces, designed and fitted by a dentist who has received specialized education and training in dental sleep medicine.

    Unlike the over-the-counter devices so prevalent on the Internet, the custom mouthpieces are medically-approved therapeutic appliances titrated for maximum efficacy and monitored by both physicians and dentists.

    SnoringIsntSexy.com and the affiliated dental web sites provide information on dentistry’s role in the recognition and management of snoring and sleep apnea.

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