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Has science found that sleep apnea may cause depression?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Sleep apnea can contribute to the development of depression. The fragmented sleep and physiologic strain of apnea can promote depression.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Sleep apnea can cause symptoms of apparent clinical depression which may respond quickly to treatment of the sleep disorder. A knowledge of the intellectual and emotional impact of sleep apnea may be important in making a correct differential diagnosis.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Sleep apnea: The lack of adequate oxygen due to sleep apnea means that the brain isn't getting an essential ingredient to keep it performing at it's optimal level. This can cause depression.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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