Sleep Apnea Treatments Help Reduce Depression Symptoms

Taken from   NAMI   which is located    HERE.

A new study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center confirms that positive airway pressure, a treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), also lessens symptoms of depression.

Researchers found that patients who used continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) showed reduced signs of their depression symptoms even if they only partially followed a treatment plan.

OSA is a sleep-related breathing disorder where the body stops breathing during the night due to collapsed tissues in the back of the throat which block the airway. This results in disturbed sleep which could lead to serious health issues including heart disease and stroke. The most common treatment for OSA is CPAP which is delivered through a mask worn over the face of the patient.

[Check out NAMI’s updated information on sleep apnea.]

Results showed that all subjects saw improvements in depressive symptoms and patients who used their CPAP devices for more than four hours showed even greater improvements on their scores than others who didn’t follow their treatment schedule as strictly.

“The score improvements remained significant even after taking into account whether a patient had a prior diagnosis of depression or was taking an antidepressant,” said Charles Bae, M.D., head investigator of the study in a news release. “The improvements were greatest in sleepy, adherent patients but even nonadherent patients had better scores.”

This study was presented at the annual meeting of the Associate Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

“Getting a good night’s sleep is protective of the brain,” says NAMI Medical Director Ken Duckworth, M.D. “Evidence suggests that good sleep and a regular routine help protect against the recurrence of mania.” For a better night’s sleep Duckworth recommends cutting down on alcohol and caffeine as well as skipping afternoon naps.

For more information about better sleep techniques, view Duckworth’s article in NAMI’s Advocate.

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4 thoughts on “Sleep Apnea Treatments Help Reduce Depression Symptoms

  1. Thanks, Allan….
    Interesting to read this, as my wife has just undergone an apnea test, and will likely be getting a CPAP machine. For quite a long time I’ve noticed she stops breathing during the night. It will be interesting to see what changes come about once she’s been on the machine.

  2. Owen, I just started using a CPAP machine a few weeks ago. Takes a little getting used to and if your wife gets one I hope it helps.

  3. Owen, For years I have been low on energy and sleeping too much. It’s gotten worse and the culprit seems to be my medication for anxiety. As I also have diabetes and am a bit low on testosterone they were thought to be contributing factors.

    My endocronologist thought it wise to rule out sleep apnea and had me tested. Turns out I have it and so was put on the CPAP machine. It’s too soon to tell but as of now I’m not seeing much difference at all in my lethargy. Maybe more time will make a difference.

    Using the CPAP is a positive though as sleep apnea can contribute to health issues so for that it’s a good thing. Hopefully it will address my lethargy.

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