Can obstructive sleep apnea make anxiety symptoms worse?

Yes. In a word - yes. OSA can be devastating and destructive. The repercussions of inadequate oxygen supply to the brain as well as insufficient uninterrupted sleep to allow REM level sleep are numerous. See a specialist, get a sleep test (if you haven't) and get help now. This is a life altering and can be a life threatening condition. Good Luck.
Of course. The correlation of anxiety and depression with obstructive sleep apnea is well documented. See a seep specialist for treatment.

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Can sleep apnea over time cause my symptoms of low t level low sperm count, hyperhydrosis, sleepiness, constipation, anxiety, depression.?

Many. Sleep apnea can cause many of the symptoms you described although it's unlikely to cause all of them. If you have sleep apnea, treat it to see which symptoms will improve. Read more...
Sleep Apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea or osa causes less oxygen to your brain. The body tries to make up for the lack of oxygen with hypertension, diabetes, kidney problems, acid reflux, etc. Daytime fatigue causes yo to overeat, gain weight, and the weight gain makes osa worse. Which adds to depression and anxiety. Simply sleeping on your side, and avoiding gerd may work. See www.Grossaninstitute.Com. Read more...

Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Depends on med. Some anti anxiety medications especially the benzodiazepines are also muscle relaxants and depending on their dose, may depress the respiratory center hence may have effect on sleep apnea. Read more...
Yes. In general narcotics or any sedating medications (benzos for anxiety) will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Anxiety in general may cause insomnia, but should not necessarily influence sleep apnea itself. Talk with your physician and sleep specialist if you're having trouble. Read more...

Will medications that treat anxiety help my sleep apnea?

None. There are no fda approved medicines for the treatment of sleep apnea. If you have apnea, the first line treatment is cpap. It is a serious medical problem that should be treated... Read more...
No. Depends on the class. Benzodiazepines (e.g., lorazepam, clonazepam) relax the upper airway and can make obstructive sleep apnea worse. Previously, studies were done to see if ssris might be helpful in osa by decreasing rem sleep. However, these were not conclusive and we do not use these specifically to treat osa. Read more...
No. In fact, if it is a benzodiazepine medication it can actually make it worse. Also, if it is a medication that causes weight gain it can worsen it. Ssri medications can also fragment your sleep, but will not worsen your apnea per se. Alcohol definitely worsens sleep apnea. Read more...

As I just drift asleep I wake gasping for air I do have anxiety and don't have sleep apnea what else could be going on?

Panic Disorder. Many folks who are highly anxious have a fear on not getting enough air. When we are between sleeping and waking we can feel quite vulnerable and pull out of the relaxed state with a start. Get help from your doc or a clinical psychologist, more likely the latter will be the one to help you through this. Read more...

I'm 18 with chronic anxiety bad sleep apnea and always struggled getting sleep, my grandma got dementia at 55. Am I going to get dementia?

Don't lose sleep.. Insomnia alone is not causal of dementia, but long term use of hypnotics is. Ask a doctor to find non-hypnotic sleep aids for you. Also, rbd (rapid eye movement behavior disorder) in men is very associated with lewy body dementia. It's not insomnia, rather powerful dreaming, and not likely what your grandma suffered. So, get help with the anxiety & apnea, avoid hypnotics and try to rest easy! Read more...
Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea means that an individual is stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds. This means that the brain is being deprived of the oxygen it needs to function properly. Prolonged oxygen deprivation can cause many problems, including dementia. Please see your physician and get treatment. Read more...
Highly unlikely. Just keep using your CPAP to protect your neurons. I am optimistic that there will be a cure, not just treatment for alzheimer's by the time you are 55 anyway:). Read more...
Unknown. It is important to get your sleep apnea treated, get regular exercise and eat a mediterranean type diet. Read more...

Why do I have so many problems? I have low t, sleep apnea, chronic anxiety, weird sensations I am only 18 and life is bad. No muscle because of low t?

Sounds like. Poor diet, the commonest cause of your symptoms. Sugar in the diet causes a corresponding deficiency of vitamin b that then affects the lower part of the brain to cause sleep apnea, anxiety and "weird sensations". Read more...
Low T Common in sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can occur at any age. Anyone with sleep apnea is at a considerably greater risk of developing low testosterone. Anxiety is extremely common. I don't know what type you have but anxiety itself can be caused by sleep apnea if it's untreated. 20% of people with depression for example have sleep apnea and it's been estimated that about 10% of children with adhd also have sleep apnea. Certain conditions in medicine simply cluster together. Read more...

I have sleep apnea OCD anxiety and ADHD at age 18. Is it really rare for someone my age to have all those problems?

Not really. I would not say it is rare. But it is several problems for an 18yo to have. Make sure you take care of yourself, eat healthy, get to and maintain a healthy weight, see your doctor regularly, and you should stay well. (some times with weight loss, sleep apnea may improve). Best wishes. Read more...
Depends. There are a lot of factors which govern this you should get yoursekf evaluated by an ENT and see a sleep doc. Read more...
Rare enough. It really doesn''t matter much whether this is a 1 in a 100 or 1 in a 1000 question. Having all this in combination at 18 is a real problem for you and you should accept both the help of sleep specialist and a psychiatrist. Read more...