Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Depression linked to Sleep Apnea: Study

A recent study has found that sleep apnea and frequent snoring during sleep may be related to major depression. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘SLEEP’.

In the experiment Researcher Anne G. Wheaton, Ph.D., of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and his colleagues analyzed data of around 9,714 adult participants.

The researchers found that 6.0 percent of the patients reported physician-diagnosed sleep apnea, which confirmed that there was a significant link between sleep apnea and probable major depression.

It was also observed during the study that those who snorted at least five nights in a week, compared to never, had increased likelihood of probable major depression.

Hence from the findings of the study the researchers confirmed that snorting, gasping or stopping breathing while asleep was associated with nearly all depression symptoms, including feeling of hopelessness and frustration.

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