Snoring and sleep apnea can prevent you from getting consistent quality sleep. The lack of sleep can, in turn, influence mental and emotional health.
The effects sleep apnea and snoring can have on mental health often go unnoticed. Or men and women do not realize that lack of sleep is causing or exacerbating their mental and emotional issues.
However, for those individuals who do experience the effects of their sleep apnea on their mental health, it is good to know that there are treatment options.
Treating sleep apnea can improve sleep quality. This can, in turn, improve mental health. With the right treatment, snoring and interrupted breathing patterns can be reduced or stopped, and you should feel more well-rested. The more tired an individual feels, the more likely they are to suffer from mental health issues like depression or anxiety. So, through treating an individual with sleep apnea and ensuring a better night’s sleep, you are decreasing the chances of fatigue and correlating mental health issues.
According to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, out of the 3.3% of participants that reported having sleep apnea, 95% of them had increased odds of having depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and psychological distress. Additionally, the participants with sleep apnea reported feeling like their need for mental health care was not being met. This indicates that more mental health care services are needed especially for individuals suffering from sleep apnea.
Some treatment options for people suffering from sleep apnea include:
- Oral appliance therapy with a customized sleep appliance
- CPAP machine
- Sleep clinics/sleep therapy
- Lifestyle changes like exercising more and eating a healthier diet
Some treatment options for individuals suffering from mental health issues are:
- Talk therapy or other types of therapy
- Eating a healthy diet
It is important to have good mental health and feel well-rested and happy. Sleep apnea can oftentimes interfere with these aspects of life, but it is good to keep in mind that it is all treatable through a variety of options. Getting sleep apnea and its correlating symptoms addressed is important because a good night’s sleep can lead to a good day and a happy mind.
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