May 20, 2021
Improve Your Mood with CPAP – the Depression Connection
If you have ever suffered from depression or anxiety, you understand the pain of constantly feeling sad, lonely, overwhelmed, scared or even numb. And let’s not forget, exhausted!
It’s no surprise that during the pandemic, instances of depression and anxiety were heightened for a lot of individuals through forced isolation and a lack of social contact or support. What’s worse, is that people who suffer from chronic sleep disorders also tend to suffer from mood disorders or experience anxiety and depression to a higher degree.
If you are someone who struggles to sleep, suffers from nighttime anxiety, nighttime sweats, tiredness during the day, morning headaches or low mood, it’s important to remember you are not alone. It’s also important to understand that your depression and anxiety might be caused by, or associated with, an underlying sleep disorder that you never knew you had.
Sleep apnea affects over 25 million Americans, 80% of whom remain undiagnosed. When left untreated, this chronic issue can cause all sorts of secondary health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, as well as the aforementioned mental health issues.
If you are not getting adequate sleep, or oxygen to your brain, is it any wonder that your mind will suffer because of it?
The Good News
Depression and anxiety can occur at the same time, and although each condition has its own causes, they both share similar symptoms and treatments. This is where CPAP comes in.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the gold standard treatment for OSA. Treatment with CPAP has been shown to have positive effects on improving anxiety and depression symptoms in sleep apnea patients. In one 2005 research study by the journal SLEEP, it was shown that compared with patients not yet diagnosed with sleep apnea, those who were previously diagnosed experienced a “significantly greater prevalence” for “mood disorders, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychosis, and dementia” (4).
Another study showed that good compliance with CPAP over a 6 month period, decreased anxiety and depression in OSA patients significantly (5). The evidence is indisputable – CPAP therapy can improve a patient’s mental health, as well as their quality of life.
Therefore, if you suffer from silent signs of sleep apnea such as anxiety, depression, low mood, low libido, night sweats or daytime fatigue, it is worth seeing a sleep specialist to get a proper diagnosis. Ognomy physicians can meet you straight away and get you onto a course of treatment in a matter of weeks.
Why delay any longer? You deserve to be happy and healthy again.
For more information, contact us or install Ognomy today to book your first virtual consultation.