A good quality sleep has a multitude of benefits: better focus, lower blood pressure, and greater overall energy. But what happens when you don’t get sufficient sleep or a quality one? You suffer – both physically and mentally.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, then you are well aware of the effects that consistently poor sleeps can have on your mental health. Irritability, anxiety, and depression are all mood issues that can arise from or be exacerbated when suffering from sleep apnea.
The question is: what can you do about this? Here are some basic steps:
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor. They will ask questions and determine the best course of action. If they suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, then you may need to see a sleep specialist.
- Your sleep specialist may recommend a CPAP machine. This device helps keep your airways open while you sleep. helping to ensure uninterrupted and better sleeps every night.
- See a mental health professional. Knowing how much your sleep apnea affected your mood disorder will provide a better starting point for treating your mood disorder.
Keep in mind that depression and anxiety may not be related to sleep apnea, and may need their own specific treatment. However, treating both your physical and mental health issues will only have positive effects in the short and long term.
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