Depression has been a disorder which has been studied for years. Some of us suffer from severe depression and require the help of anti-dipressants. Some of us have mild to moderate depression which can come about with stress, changes in our life styles as well as just falling into a “slump”.
It had been studied that the lack of sleep can increase levels of depression in many. Those who are already susceptible to the disorder are at a greater risk.
Sleep apnea, a disease that leaves patients sleep deprived. It has already been tied to numerous other health factors such a high blood pressure, cardiac problems, diabetes, cancer and even depression.
Because most who suffer from sleep apnea find themselves drowsy to the point of severe fatigue, this lowers endorphins and sometimes can effect serotonin and dopamine. All of these chemicals are important in balance to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mood pattern. Once sleep is severely disrupted, it also disrupts mood and therefore can cause an onset of depression.
This is why sleep apnea testing is so important. Many may not even know why they are suffering from these symptoms. However, with treatment, sleep apnea can improve as well as improve your quality of sleep. This can also help with re-establishing a healthy lifestyle and therefore improve your mood.
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