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Sleep apnea sufferers more likely to…

Suffer from depression

We’ve all felt a little blue at some point. We’ve felt a little down in the dumps, just not wanting to face the day.Feelings of sadness or normal for everyone but if they stick around for longer periods of time and seem to be happening more frequently, it could be the early stages of depression.

Depression can’t be caused solely from sleep apnea. It can, however, play a considerable role. Sleep apnea can added to the depression by upsetting your daily routine and hindering your personal, professional and social life.

Reports show people suffering from sleep problems more likely to develop depression at some point. This risk is directly linked to how deep and severe your sleep apnea is. The shorter or the poorer the quality of sleep you are getting is reflected in the severity of the symptoms. Another study indicates people with depression are 5x times more likely to have a breathing-related sleep disorder than non-depressed people.

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Antidepressants can lead to sleep problems

Antidepressants are generally prescribed if someone is suffering from depression. They have the ability to help alter moods and get people back on track. On the other side of the equation, some antidepressants can provoke or intensify sleep disorders.

Doctors are noticing this trend in younger patients and they are seeing it in patients that are relying on antidepressants. Knowing what the chemicals are doing to the brain, doctors aren’t surprised of the side affects associated with some antidepressants.

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Dr. Tim | All Smiles DentalWhere you see a problem, we see an opportunity. An opportunity to make your life better, whether through a cleaning or a complete mouth restoration. Whatever your reason for seeing a dentist, we hope in the end you see us as more than a dentist. We want to build a relationship that lasts a lifetime.