Sleep Apnea and Depression

Sleep Apnea and Depression

· Studies have shown that there is an association between sleep apnea and depression. For example, one study showed that people with depression symptoms improved significantly when treated with a CPAP machine.

· It is not clear however, whether sleep apnea is the cause or the effect. It can happen both ways. Sleep apnea can lead to a lack of sleep, which may become fatigue and irritability. These symptoms may eventually lead to depression.

· Insomnia is one of the symptoms of depression. In time, insomnia can produce a type of sleep apnea.

· Those who suffer from depression are five times more likely to experience sleep apnea. This is known as sleep apnea depression.

Author
Mahmood Siddique Board certified physician Mahmood I. Siddique, DO, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, takes a modern, holistic approach to caring for his patients at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates in Hamilton, New Jersey. He believes medicine is most effective when it considers not just the patient’s symptoms, but the broader connections among their overall physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being.

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