Sleep Deprivation and Depression
The effects of long-term sleep deprivation on mental health are clear and may contribute to depression. We often think of the physical aspects of sleep deprivation but over time those physical effects begin to affect the mental and emotional health. Persistent physical feelings of sleepiness, exhaustion, irritability and low energy can lead to negative feelings towards life and emotions.
Research shows that people with ongoing sleep deprivation have symptoms of clinical depression, feelings of sadness and emptiness. These feelings can have an impact on relationships and quality of life. Researchers believe this is because when sleep is disrupted repeatedly, over time it can alter brain activity and neurochemicals that affect a person’s mood, attitude and thinking.
This is critical for people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea because the sleep is greatly affected many times throughout the night by the blockage of the airway. Oftentimes, the person has no idea that they have stopped breathing and continues day after day feeling tired, irritable, and over time begins to develop a negative attitude towards life and the people around them.
So if you or someone you know has symptoms of depression accompanied by daytime sleepiness, irritability and also snore or have other possible health issues, then it may be time for a sleep consultation to see if sleep apnea is the culprit.
Simple changes to lifestyle can also have a big impact on quality of sleep. Check out our posts on sleep habits https://sleepalliance.com/category/sleep-habits/ .
Call SleepAlliance today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.