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Treatment for sleep apnea with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) has been shown by a recent study to improve depressive symptoms, such as tiredness, moodiness, poor concentration, daytime somnolence, and anhedonia (loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities). The results imply that symptoms for depression and sleep apnea can often be confused which should encourage physicians to screen for both conditions. Sleep apnea causes snoring and cessation of breathing that results in wakening due to obstruction of the airway from the relaxed muscles in the throat.
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About: Depression and sleep apnea link
Date: 20 September 2005
Source: NY Times
Author: Nicholas Bakalar
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