It may not be so obvious to a lot of people but sleep apnea and depression are closely linked to one another. As a matter of fact they share a lot of symptoms and therefore there is a high chance of a wrong diagnosis either one way or the other. For example, the following symptoms:
Lack of energy
Inability to concentrate
Constant tiredness or fatigue
are completely common to both sleep apnea and depression.
Sleep apnea and depression are closely linked
Curing Sleep Apnea has a Positive Impact on Depression
Studies have also been able to verify the link and they have done this by attempting to treat people who have depression with the treatments of sleep apnea, i.e. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device. And for most patients, in a specific study conducted in 2005, this method has reduced the magnitude of depression.
It is even logical. A better quality sleep results in full energy throughout the day. The body is able to make any repairs it requires giving you a great day ahead. Naturally, such a start of a day is a lot more positive in nature than a day where you start by dragging yourself out of bed with no energy in you at all.
High chance doctors are “not on your side” – help yourself
The trouble with the system is that the doctors are much more likely to subscribe to you antidepressants then to send you to a sleep study, so if you are having depression as a result of sleep apnea then this would probably not be caught, so you are better off reading sleep apnea symptoms and trying to understand yourself if you have it.
Snoring is a big one – if you snore and you are depressed (snoring depression) then there is a high chance you may have sleep apnea which is the root cause behind those two nasty consequences.