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Sleep Apnea and Depression

Sleep Apnea and Depression

You have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea and although you have started treatment for your sleep disorder, you are still bogged down with feelings of hopelessness and failure. Although you may feel alone in your struggle, you are just one of the millions of individuals who have felt the sting of depression in conjunction with their sleep disorder.

Increased Risk for Depression

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed an astounding association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and major depression. This correlation was shown regardless of various factors such as weight, age, sex or race.

The study, which looked at over 10,000 individuals, concluded that people who frequently snort, gasp or stop breathing during their sleep are more likely to demonstrate symptoms of depression. Snoring, however, was not linked to any of these depression symptoms. These interruptions in sleep can greatly inhibit the amount and quality of sleep that an individual needs to get each night. This lack of premium sleep can leave people feeling tired, groggy and unable to properly function throughout their day, which in turn can lead to feelings of hopelessness and inability to succeed.

Dr. Anne Wheaton of the CDC also attributes a diminished supply of oxygen to the brain as another reason why sleep apnea could cause depressive feelings.

Several studies done in the past have also shown a correlation between sleep disorders and depression; however, this recent study is the first to test a nationally representative sample of US adults. The study also revealed that men and women who were shown to snort or stop breathing at least five nights per week were three times more likely to demonstrate signs of depression.

Depression or Sleep Apnea; Which Comes First?

Many experts agree that the relationship between sleep disorders and depression is a complicated one to say the least. Lack of sleep and bad quality of sleep can stem from depression, while depressive thoughts can stem from lack of sleep. Determining which came first can be a very tricky situation that experts say can take years to determine.

Dr. Paul Macey, assistant professor at UCLA, says that in order to determine whether the depression or sleep apnea came first would mean following the studied population for years. This would also require asking those studied to keep a timeline of their symptoms. However, Macey does suspect that future findings will show that sleep apnea comes first, followed by depression.

What Can YCPAP Machine for Sleep Apneaou Do?

Treatment for depression can be a long and tiring process, however properly treating your sleep apnea could greatly contribute to lessening your depressive feelings. Using your CPAP machine every night is a crucial step in treating your sleep apnea as well as prolonged usage of your CPAP. Treatment for sleep apnea and depression will not happen overnight, but getting a good night’s sleep can definitely start the process.

If you have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Aeroflow Healthcare can help you find the perfect CPAP machine to fit your needs. Simply start by filling out our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives will be in touch with you to discuss your CPAP options.

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