Measure and track your snoring
The bedroom has been the ultimate marital battleground for spouses during lockdown.
While most couples consider sharing a bed to be an expression of intimacy and togetherness, there may be grounds for sleeping separately.
Couples who sleep in the same bedroom are more likely to experience nocturnal disturbances from their partner, including sleepwalking and sleeptalking, fights over the doona, restlessness or snoring.
And all this can lead to health problems, marital spats and a sleep divorce, with spouses beating a retreat to the spare room.
Experts say feeling rested could help couples manage life with more focus, which in turn can make them feel more content and happier in their relationship.
"A good night's sleep can promote good health both physically and mentally which nourishes the relationship and allows you to feel more playful and connected with your partner," relationship expert Samantha Jayne says.
Sleep deprivation afflicts 33 to 45 per cent of Australian adults and more than 39 per cent experience some form of in adequate sleep including disorders such as sleep apnoea, according to a Sleep Health Foundation health survey.
Sleep Health Foundation associate professor Dr Darren Mansfield says the effects of obstructive sleep apnoea can affect our work performance, our behaviour at home, how we react behind the wheel of the car and how we deal with everyday problems.
"Some of the most common signs of sleep apnoea include loud snoring, brief episodes of stopped breathing during sleep, known as apnoeas, and gasps during sleep," he says.
"It's also common for sleep apnoea sufferers to wake without feeling refreshed and experience sleepiness throughout the day."
Obstructive sleep apnoea can result in a risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Disturbance in mood, thinking, concentration, memory, learning, vigilance and reaction times have also been reported.
"The consequences of moderate to severe, symptomatic sleep apnoea can be profound and is strongly linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety," Dr Mansfield says.
Lindsay Batstone gives her husband Jules a stern nudge every night in a last-ditch bid for bedtime bliss.
"I noticed Jules's snoring problem when we first moved in together, and although it took a bit of getting used to at first, it's something that I've had to live with," she says.
After several attempts to alleviate his snoring - from taking hayfever medication to sleeping in a particular position - Jules searched online and stumbled across SleepCheck, an app which can determine if snorers are at risk of sleep apnoea.
"The fact that I could assess my snoring in the comfort of my own bed for a fraction of the usual price is a huge plus," he says.
The SleepCheck app, launched by digital health company ResApp Health, uses the phone's microphone to record and analyse an adult's breathing and snoring patterns overnight.
The app will then point users in the right direction for treatment.
"Sleep apnoea is widespread, affecting a third of the male adult population, yet 80 per cent of people who suffer from moderate or severe sleep apnoea remain undiagnosed," says ResApp Health chief executive officer Tony Keating.
"SleepCheck offers an easy way to check if there is more behind the snore and help you on your way towards better sleep, and importantly, a healthier life."
Originally published as Measure and track your snoring