Mental Health Disorders Associated with Sleep Apnea
Your brain needs sleep to perform essential tasks, including waste removal, memory consolidation, and more. Without good sleep, you’re at elevated risk for:
- Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Sexual dysfunction
Alzheimer’s disease seems to be linked at least partly to the brain’s inability to remove waste during sleep. This may be the main reason why sleep apnea increases dementia risk.
When you are tired all day, you can experience cognitive problems, including memory loss and difficulty concentrating. These can also increase your risk of accidents at work or while driving.
Without adequate sleep, you may experience depression, irritability, anxiety, and mood swings. Many people diagnosed with depression might benefit from sleep apnea treatment and antidepressants.
In addition to increasing the risk of erectile dysfunction, sleep apnea can impact the emotional and psychological aspects of sexual relationships. People may experience reduced desire and lower sexual pleasure if they have sleep apnea.