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Sleep Apnea and Depression

Many who struggle with depression do not even realize they may have issues with their sleep. However, these two conditions are more closely related than people realize. If you do not get solid sleep each night, it can leave you feeling run down and depressed. The longer this cycle goes on, the worse those feelings can become. Recent studies have shown that not only can sleep apnea make depression worse, but it can also cause depression. If you struggle with poor sleep, you need to go and find out if you struggle with sleep apnea. Treating your depression could become much easier.

Understanding how Depression and Sleep Apnea are Connected

Sleep apnea and depression have a very symbiotic relationship. They both get worse without treatment, as well. When you are not able to breathe properly, it can affect the rest of your body. The first feeling most people experience when they begin showing signs of apnea is exhaustion. They go to sleep at night, but do not wake up feeling rested. This leads to people feeling run down and an ongoing struggle with feeling down. Next, a person’s health can decline, which can lead to illnesses that can reduce their quality of life. When the quality of life becomes affected, depression symptoms often increase.

The cycle that happens between sleep apnea and depression, continually get worse, and it can ultimately lead to a position where depression controls your life. You now have to live with sleep apnea symptoms and depression symptoms combined. They begin telling you what you can and cannot do each day. If you struggle with both of these issues, you have a lot of symptoms that could be coming your way. You could face a decrease in coordination, chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, an increased risk of stroke, and even increase the chances you could die from either ailment. This is no way to live.

You will also begin to see a lot of connection when you look at the symptoms of each ailment. Both can lead to mood problems and issues with irritability. Plus, you can also struggle with troubles concentrating on any task before you. Many people struggle to sleep when they are depressed, and sleep is always difficult with apnea.

What Can Be Done to Help Treat the Combination of Sleep Apnea with Depression?

When you do not get enough sleep, it alters your mood. If you only lose out on quality sleep for a night, then you will likely struggle with an off-mood for a day, maybe two. However, if you do not get enough sleep over a long period of time, this can affect your mood long-term as well. The best way to avoid this type of problem is to treat the breathing issues. There are several options that you can turn to when you treat sleep ailments. The treatment you need depends on the severity and diagnosis you get from your sleep study.

If you are diagnosed with snoring, changing your sleep position may be all you need to do. You can also lose weight to help reduce the effects of snoring, if your weight contributes to the problem. If you face the diagnosis of sleep apnea, then you need to take stronger steps to help protect yourself. You will likely be given a few tips that can help reduce the problem on the same day as your diagnosis. These tips can include using a tennis ball sewn in your pajamas to keep you from lying on your back, getting exercise each day to help your body sleep when it is bed time, manage your stress, and avoid drinking before bed. These can help make breathing while you sleep easier.

Some alternative treatments include a machine that keeps your airways open when you sleep, oral appliances that hold your mouth in a safe position, and having extra humidity in your room while you sleep. Each of these can help you breathe more effectively while sleeping. However, not all of them are going to work well for everyone. Many struggle with using the breathing machines at night since they are bulky and noisy.

Oral Appliances for Treating Sleep Apnea Could Help Ease Depression Symptoms

It can be dangerous to not properly treat either apnea or depression. Both can affect your quality of life, and your long-term health if left untreated. The best thing that you can do when sleep apnea and depression coincide in your life is to treat them. When you treat both issues, you can get better sleep and feel better at the same time. One of the most successful treatments is an oral appliance. This is comfortable for most people, not bulky, and totally silent. It takes a few days to get used to wearing it, but that is all the adjustment most people need.

Your oral appliance can begin alleviating your symptoms the very first night. You can wake up with a more rested feeling the next morning, and be on your way towards a happier existence. Simply getting better sleep can improve your mood, concentration, and your quality of life. Getting an oral appliance to start this process is easy. You simply have to make an appointment with a dentist who has the experience to make these for you. Luckily, the office of Mark Levy, DDS, is the perfect place to call.

When you come to our office, we create a mold of your mouth. From that mold, a local lab creates your oral appliance and sends it back to us. Once it is in our office, we have you come in and check for a perfect fit. We answer any questions you may have and send you home to begin using it that night. It takes about three weeks to complete your oral appliance. In as little as three weeks, you could be proactively caring for your sleep apnea and depression. What do you have to lose?

To find out more, give the offices of Mark Levy, DDS a call today, by dialing (614) 777-7350. We can help you untangle the connection between depression and sleep apnea.