The Link between Sleep Apnea and Depression
Sleep apnea is far and away the worst of all sleeping disorders affecting Americans these days, with over 22 million diagnosed cases (the vast majority are undiagnosed). Much of this is due to our country having a high incidence rate for certain sleep apnea risk factors, such as – obesity, and the use (and abuse) of both tobacco & alcohol. Sleep apnea is a condition in which an individual will stop breathing for short period of time during the night, often causing them to wake up gasping for air in the middle of the night. This cessation of breathing is most often caused by some extra fatty tissue creating an obstruction in the airways, this is where the term obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) comes from, the most common form of sleep apnea. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, headaches, loss of focus, high blood pressure and more. When patients experience even a few of these symptoms it is important to seek sleep apnea treatment from a qualified sleep apnea specialist Queens has quite a few to offer, including Dr. Marina Pinkhasova. As a sleep apnea specialist Queens dentist, Dr. Marina Pinkhasova is one of the foremost experts on the subject. Having treated countless cases over the years, she has seen first-hand the debilitating effects of this condition on a patient both physically and mentally. And due to recent studies, the psychological effects of sleep apnea are beginning to become far clearer, with researchers identifying a possible link between sleep apnea and depression. As the most experienced sleep apnea specialist Queens has in practice, Dr. Pinkhasova has seen a huge correlation between mood issues and sleep apnea in her own patients. Here we will further examine the link between sleep apnea and depression.
For years we have known of a correlation between sleep and mood. In your own daily life this connection is very evident. On days when you barely had any sleep you are far more irritable, with a much shorter fuse, than on days that you are able to sleep the hours you are customary to. And while these conditions can definitely spring up on their own, there are a number of common risk factors & symptoms, shared between the two. While this is further proof that there is a correlation, it makes it difficult for patients to understand that they need to seek out worry about their mental health in addition to sleep apnea treatment. Some of the shared symptoms of both disorders include:
· Irritability & Frustration
· Excessive Daytime Sleepiness & Overall Fatigue
· Lack of Drive & Motivation
· Loss of Focus & Concentration
· Sleep Disturbances & Insomnia
Because there are so many common symptoms, in order to truly get a proper diagnosis for either disorder, patients should see a sleep specialist first to see if they have sleep apnea. Once you receive sleep apnea treatment, it is highly likely that your depression will subside as well. However, in the event it doesn’t, or you don’t have sleep apnea then you may want to seek out a therapist.
As a sleep apnea specialist Queens dentist Marina Pinkhasova will often hear patients complain of feelings of sadness and despair during their initial consultation, however, after sleep apnea treatment, when they are symptom free these feeling have a tendency to subside in most patients. This personal experience lines up with recent studies that have found that patients with insomnia, who are in the middle of sleep apnea treatment, experience far more depressive symptoms than any other group. And within this same study, nearly 50% of all participants who suffered from sleep apnea, were also diagnosed with depression. While this shows that there is a link between the two conditions, it appears to be slightly in indirect. Because sleep apnea prevents you from getting restful sleep, you are far more likely to be irritable and express symptoms of depression. For more information on sleep apnea treatment contact Dr. Pinkhasova and the team at Affordable Dental today.