“A shortage of sleep can lead to depression.”

 The relationship between depression and snoring or sleep apnea

depression-sleep-disorderLack of sleep has long been known to be a risk factor for depression. A night of poor sleep can ruin anyone’s mood, but long-term sleep loss can also cause more serious mood disruption.

Over time, sleep deprivation resulting from sleep apnea and snoring can drain patients of their enjoyment of life. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation caused by snoring and sleep apnea cannot be remedied by simply getting more hours of sleep.

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 How sleep deprivation can cause depression

Sleep is essential for restoration of the body and mind. With poor sleep, a person is likely to have a reduced quality of life as their motivation and mood dwindles. Furthermore, the loss of performance resulting from sleep deprivation can decrease self-esteem as sleep apnea sufferers become less able to handle work, social interaction and other daily activities as well as they once could. Over time, this can progress to clinical depression with symptoms such as lack of interest, low appetite and thoughts of death.

Why sleep apnea is a sleep stealer

Unlike insomnia, sleep apnea affects the quality, rather than the quantity, of sleep. Over and over, sleep apnea patients stop breathing when they sleep, awakening them each time. As a result, patients stay exhausted no matter how many hours of sleep they get. Many patients and their bed partners first notice snoring as a sign that breathing problems are occurring. When sleep deprivation symptoms are also present despite getting enough hours of sleep, sleep apnea may be the culprit. Fortunately, sleep apnea can often be treated successfully with a variety of treatments once it is diagnosed.

Tackle depression with sleep apnea treatment

Depressed patients who snore or suspect sleep apnea should seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Dr. Brightleaf offers oral appliances to treat sleep apnea, which also serve as good alternatives to CPAP. Oral appliances keep the jaw, soft palate and tongue from falling back and blocking the airway.

Get back to sleep

If sleep deprivation is causing you to lose the enjoyment and zest you once had for life, let Dr. Ana Brightleaf help. With sleep apnea treatment you may be able to relieve your depression in addition to restoring your sleep quality.