Most Common Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a common side-effect for those suffering from sleep apnea. Review the symptoms of depression and consider sleep apnea treatment. Treatment can help you take your life back.

  • sad, helpless, or hopeless feelings
  • inability to sleep
  • thoughts of suicide or death
  • changes in appetite and weight changes
  • inability to concentrate
  • loss of energy
  • disinterest in things that were once enjoyable

People who can’t sleep are at a far greater risk of becoming depressed than those who sleep well.

Why Is Sleep So Important?

Sleep is a restorative state. It is important to your good health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep, about seven to nine hours each night can help protect your mental health, your physical health, the quality of your life, and your safety.

The way you feel while you’re awake depends on how well you sleep. Studies show that sleep deprivation can alter the activity in some parts of your brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may find it difficult to make decisions, solve problems, control your emotions and behavior, and cope with change.

Connection Between Sleep apnea and Depression

Sleep apnea and depression are interlinked. Sleep apnea can cause and worsen depression due to the lack of sleep, and depression intensifies sleep apnea because it also causes you to lose sleep. You can find yourself in a cycle that seems hopeless, but sleep apnea treatment can help. 

If you’re experiencing sleep apnea and depression, try these self-care tactics to try and ease your symptoms while you are working on obtaining a sleep apnea diagnosis and getting treatment.

  • Exercise regularly 
  • Avoid sleeping on your back
  • Don’t drink alcohol
  • Refrain from taking sleeping pills to help you sleep (this worsens sleep apnea)
  • Optimize your sleeping environment with comfortable bedding
  • Don’t watch TV before bed
  • Lose weight if necessary
  • Quit smoking

Treat Your Sleep Disorder and Reduce Depression

Depression hurts. Don’t face it or fight it alone. If your think snoring or sleep apnea could be what’s causing your depression, a dentist may be your best choice for treatment. Certified in appliances that help control sleep apnea and snoring, treatment from Dr. Nancy Nehawandian of Top Down Dental in Los Gatos can help you get the rest you need to beat your feelings of depression. Call us today at (408) 354-5600 to learn more.