Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, June 17, 2013

CDC Study Links Sleep Apnea to Depression

A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that people who suffer from sleep apnea and related sleeping disorders are more likely to also suffer symptoms of depression. The study, which appeared in the April 2013 edition of Sleep, found that the more prevalent sleep apnea symptoms, particularly choking and gasping for air, the higher the risk for depression in the 10,000 adult participants.

The dangers of sleep apnea have long been known, but very few studies have been done on the link between depression and sleep apnea. Prior to the CDC study, only two other studies had focused on this link, and while both found similar results, the sample groups were too small to allow for anything conclusive.

You Have Options

If you are suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea, including depression, you have choices when it comes to your care. Many people find a noninvasive sleep apnea treatment such as an oral device prescribed by a dentist is all it takes to keep airways open and restore a restful night’s sleep.

If you would like to learn more about treating sleep apnea, please contact I Hate CPAP today to locate an experienced physician in your area.

posted by Admin at 6:55 AM