Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, February 24, 2006 Page: 94 of 100
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Breathing a sigh of relief
Snoring and sleep apnea can cause relationship problems in addition to
health risks, but new treatment remedies are coming out all the time
By Ryan Short Contributing Writer
Breathing disorders plagued David Fisher for years — and caused more than a few boyfriends to find sleeping arrange-
ments in someone else's bed.
With 12-hour workdays, challenging dead-
lines and demanding social calendars, the bed-
room has never been more of a sanctuary from
the world than it is today. And for gay men who
lead hyperactive lives, time in bed should be
relaxing, not stressful.
But for the many sufferers of sleep health
issues, a night of rest can be anything but that.
But Dr. Craig Schwimmer has a solution.
As Director of the Snoring Center of Dallas,
Schwimmer specializes in counseling and treat-
ing patients enduring the effects of sleep issues
such as snoring and sleep apnea. His acute obser-
vations of the sleeping patterns of gay men are
helping partners get back in bed with each other
— and helping relationships.
Schwimmer, a board-certified otolaryngolo-
gist who studied at Johns Hopkins University,
estimates that possibly half of the couples of the
North Texas area endure one snorer, and the
probabilities among committed gay couples
would be even higher.
"Men snore more than women," Schwimmer
notes. "Men have longer palates, thicker necks
and often weigh more than women." It only
makes sense that a gay couple would likely expe-
rience sleep health concerns more often than
straight couples. "Statistically, if you snore and
have a 17-inch neck, then you have approximate-
ly a 30 percent chance of sleep apnea."
People snore when an obstruction of the flow
of air occurs through the passages of the nose and
mouth, causing the upper tongue to vibrate
against the soft palate and uvula, creating a loud
raucous noise. Sleep apnea is a condition when
snoring is interrupted by episodes of obstructed
Apnea can lead to dramatic feelings of exhaus-
tion and lethargy, remarkably affect performance
at work and even place the snorer at danger when
driving or engaging in heavy or strenuous tasks.
Snoring and sleep apnea can wreak havoc on
any relationship. Bed partners of snorers get on
average one hour of sleep less a night than those
who do no deal with snoring. Partners dealing
with sleep issues tend to have less sex, and snor-
ing and apnea can even effect sexual perform-
"One of the things that I've heard not infre-
quently is that there are enough obstacles to suc-
cess in a gay relationship. Snoring is the last thing
that a couple should with, and it's treatable,"
David Fisher should know. He's an atypical
sufferer: Many with severe snoring are older and
overweight; Fisher is neither. He works out regu-
larly, maintains a good diet and is the medically-
suggested weight for his height.
But Fisher suffers from OSAHS —
Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome.
Though he may sleep for eight hours a night,
technically, he only enters the REM stage of rest
for eight minutes. During the night, he will stop
breathing every 20 to 30 seconds. He'll talk fre-
quently and coherently in his sleep and occasion-
ally sleepwalk. And his boyfriends — all of them
— have witnessed the worst of his sleep habits.
"My brother used to smother me with a pillow
at night because my snoring kept him up, even
from across the house," Fisher says. "One ex-
boyfriend used to yell at me during the night
because my snoring was unbearably loud.
Another ex used to cry because he'd find me
sleepwalking. I'd be in the kitchen holding a
knife, and he'd start crying. He was scared
because I seemed out of it, but really, I was hav-
ing a dream that I wanted cake, and I was walk-
ing in my sleep."
Schwimmer has heard many such stories. "A
couple that sleeps apart because of snoring is
going to develop a whole host of secondary prob-
lems for their relationship," he says. "The partner
of a snorer takes the brunt of the snoring experi-
ence. Often, they feel like a victim, that the snor-
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