Major depressive disorder (MDD), also known colloquially as clinical depression, or simply, depression, is a common but serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms that affect a person's thoughts, feelings, and daily life.
MDD is more prevalent among patients with OSA than the general population. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 7% of the general population is affected by MDD; however, nearly 18% of those with OSA are affected by MDD.
Many symptoms of depression and OSA overlap because repeated awakenings associated with a sleep-related breathing disorder make restorative sleep impossible and cause related problems, including sleep disturbance, fatigue, irritability, trouble concentrating, and headache.
Even one night of restless sleep is enough to put a damper on your mood. But if you’re consistently not logging enough shut-eye, you may also find yourself feeling anxious and depressed.
People who have excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) are more likely to have mental health conditions such as depression, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). And if you have untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing throughout the night and a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Excessive daytime sleepiness isn’t the same thing as feeling a little tired — it’s defined as a struggle to stay awake, function, and perform your day-to-day tasks at work and at home. EDS isn’t a condition itself but a symptom of a larger, more serious sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.
Some compelling research has shown a link between obstructive sleep apnea and an increased risk for mood disorders. For example:
Either one. Anxiety causes sleeping problems, and new research suggests sleep deprivation can cause an anxiety disorder.
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