Sleep Apnea and Mental Health

Posted: October 30, 2022

man wearing CPAP mask sleeping smoothly all night longSleep apnea, whether obstructive or central, can cause many different sufferable symptoms due to inadequate sleep. Fatigue, irritability, memory problems, and difficulty focusing are only some of the symptoms sleep apnea can cause.

This impact on the brain can lead to difficulty performing daily tasks, cause memory issues, and impact decision making. This Emotional Wellness Month, we’ll look at the link between sleep apnea and mental health.

Does Sleep Apnea Cause Depression?

Studies have shown a link between sleep apnea and depression. Many symptoms associated with sleep apnea are also signs of depression, such as fatigue, mood changes, poor focus, and weight gain/loss. Insomnia is also commonly reported by those that suffer from depression and anxiety.

Sleep apnea takes such a toll on physical and mental health, so those diagnosed will be at greater risk for anxiety, panic disorders, and depression. 

Will Treatments for Sleep Apnea Help With Mental Health?

Medication is usually beneficial for those suffering from depression and insomnia due to the sedating effects this treatment can provide to help the patient get more uninterrupted sleep. In addition, many patients suffering from sleep apnea and depression have reported that they benefit from medicinal treatment and the use of a CPAP machine.

There are some cases in which these methods do not work, so it is important to consult a doctor to determine what plan best fits your needs. In some cases, certain therapies and lifestyle changes can also benefit those suffering from both sleep apnea and mental health issues.

Treatments may include medication, diet changes, exercise recommendations, or weight loss. It’s always best to consult your healthcare provider before embarking on a new course of treatment.

At The Smile Centre, we also offer comfortable oral devices that can assist with sleep apnea.

How Do I Receive Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

The Smile Centre can schedule a confidential consultation and evaluation. After a proper diagnosis, the professionals at The Smile Centre can put you on the correct path to getting the relief and help that you need. So call today, or fill out the online contact form to get in touch with a Smile Centre representative.

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