Treating OSA and Improving Depression

It’s obvious that without getting a full night’s rest has an effect on our mood. Patients with sleep apnea often experience depression related to their symptoms and the severity of their disease. Studies have shown that taking control of the apnea not only improves physical health but mental health as well.

Patients were screened for depression then given a polysomnogram to evaluate for OSA. Before OSA treatment, over 18% of the patients had stated that they had thoughts of harming themselves. After treatment, none responded this way. The depression symptoms were directly correlated with their OSA.

Of course not all people who have depression will resolve their mental health by treating for OSA, but we cannot ignore that one of the underlying problems of depression is directly linked to untreated sleep disorders.

SOURCE: http://www.aasmnet.org/jcsm/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=30173