There has been long time discussion over whether or not sleep apnea and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression are linked. While there is no clear cut answer, what studies have shown is that sleep apnea may negatively impact how a sleep apneic lives and views the world around him. Sleep apneics are simply unable to sleep properly at night. The continuous interruptions to the sleep pattern caused by an interruption of the breathing, causing restlessness and the feeling of never having gone to sleep at all in many sleep apneics. Some say these interruptions may be the direct cause or at least a great exacerbating factor of mood problems such as anxiety, depression, and mood swings. You’ve surely had bad days when you didn’t sleep well at night. For some sleep apneics, this emotional affect is a daily problem. It has been shown that the brain’s overall structure most explains how we all have unique views of the world, but emotional and mood conditions also play a large role.
If you believe that you may have sleep apnea, you’ll first need to be diagnosed by a sleep physician. With a positive diagnosis you can work with Dr. Roubal to figure out the right sleep apnea treatment for you that will help with your nightly breathing complications that may be contributing to your mood swings, depression, or other problems you’ve been suffering from.