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Sleep Apnea and Depression

Is There A Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) And Depression?

Many patients diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are at risk for other health ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, insomnia and more.

While it may not be clear which comes first: does depression cause sleep problems or is it that sleep problems may cause or contribute to depressive disorders, the fact that there is a link between the two cannot be denied. Hundreds of studies have been done on the link between Sleep Apnea and Depression; results of these studies include:

  • People with insomnia have a ten-fold risk of developing depression compared with those who sleep well
  • People with depression were found to be five times more likely to suffer from sleep-disordered breathing
  • OSA patients who used CPAP for one year showed that improvements in symptoms of depression were significant and lasting
  • Among adolescents who reported being unhappy, 73% reported not sleeping enough at night

So if you are worried that you or a loved one may suffer from depression as a result of sleep issues, be on the lookout for depression symptoms including:

  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and sadness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Loss of interest in things that were once pleasurable
  • Concentration problems
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of libido
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Loss of energy
  • Insomnia

Getting tested for sleep apnea or seeking treatment can go a long way for your mental and physical health. Aeroflow Healthcare can offer assistance with at home sleep studies for convenience of schedule and wallet. We can also save you money by helping you file claim for CPAP equipment through insurance. Consult with your doctor about Sleep Apnea and Depression treatment, and when you’re ready call Aeroflow Healthcare at 888-345-1780 or visit www.aeroflowinc.com for CPAP testing supplies fulfillment.

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