Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing several times during the night while you sleep, depriving your body of essential oxygen. This will damage your health, and it can lead to hazardous medical consequences including strokes and heart attacks.
Sleep apnea has also been linked to a number of serious mental health issues. By treating your sleep apnea, Dr. Ang can also reduce the impact it’s having on your mental health.
According to Harvard Medical School, “sleep and mental health are closely connected.” In fact, “people with mental health problems are more likely to suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders” such as sleep apnea.
Getting the Right Diagnosis
It’s crucial to get the right diagnosis for your sleep apnea because many sleep apnea symptoms are similar to the symptoms associated with various mental health issues. When patients don’t get the right diagnosis, they won’t be able to get the proper treatment, and “their mental health symptoms will confound both them and their healthcare providers.”
Fortunately, Dr. Ang is an experienced sleep dentist. If you notice common sleep apnea symptoms such as heavy snoring, reduced libido, or daytime fatigue and irritability, he’ll make sure you get the correct diagnosis and the care you need to get a consistent good night’s sleep.
Call 603-821-0183 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Ang right away.
Mental Health Conditions That Are Linked Sleep Apnea
When a patient is suffering from two different medical issues at the same time, it can make both conditions worse. Scientists call this comorbidity. Sleep apnea is comorbid with a number of mental health issues, including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD.
Depression — Many patients with depression also report sleep problems. The latest research indicates a “strong correlation between depression and the prevalent disorder of sleep apnea,” making it even more important to correctly diagnose your sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is aggravating your depression, Dr. Ang will provide treatment to help relieve both conditions.
Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder — People with schizophrenia have a tendency to sleep excessively, particularly during the daytime. And the drugs used to treat both sleep apnea and bipolar disorder can make you drowsy.
Anxiety and PTSD — Sleep problems are prevalent with patients who suffer from anxiety and PTSD. More than half of patients with generalized anxiety disorder are experiencing some type of sleep issue. Sleep apnea is also “highly prevalent among combat veterans who have PTSD and complain of being overly vigilant at night.”