Are Depression and Sleep Apnea Linked

Are Depression and Sleep Apnea Linked

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University have found a potential link obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and major depressive disorder. They also found that treating OSA can help to improve the symptoms of depression, including reducing suicidal thoughts and improve sleep for people living with insomnia. Dr. Korous helps treat patients living with sleep apnea in Frisco, Texas.

Depression Is Serious Business

When an individual is depressed or having suicidal thoughts, getting to the doctor for treatment is very important. But, what if that treatment doesn’t work? The Georgia researchers say it may be time to get checked out for obstructive sleep apnea.

This is especially true for patients that don’t seem to fit the typical profile of OSA. In many cases, the “typical” OSA patient is overweight, snores loudly, and experiences regular daytime fatigue.

But, OSA can present itself in some individuals through other symptoms and side effects, including headache, high blood pressure, and dry mouth. OSA can also show through other emotional side effects, including mood swings, hyperactivity, and behavior disorders.

The study found that obstructive sleep apnea existed in 14 percent of 125 adult patients with major depressive disorder, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts.

While checking patients for obstructive sleep apnea doesn’t mean it’s a potential cause of treatment-resistant depression, it still has value as people living with OSA often have higher rates of depression than other populations.

Signs of OSA

Do you think you have OSA? Here are some signs:

  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Snoring most nights of the week or every night 
  • Gasping or choking when waking up
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Feeling tired despite getting a “good night’s” sleep
  • Migraines or head pain
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of focus or difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood changes and depression
  • Changes in libido

If you are exhibiting these symptoms, it’s time to call Millennium Smiles in Frisco, Texas, at 972-468-8771 and schedule a sleep consultation.