Combination Depression and Sleep Apnea?

For over two decades clinical studies have been conducted which suggest a relationship between depression and OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).

But before you get more depressed .. (!) .. the number of people with both (including a major depressive disorder)?seems to be pretty low, I would say, very low?- if you rely on some statistics…?

Here is some information from Stanford University …

Here it quotes the numbers of 800 people out of 100,000 (0.8% – or less than 1%) who have both a breathing related sleep disorder and a major depressive disorder.

What might be interesting to some readers, is that of the people presenting with one or other of these 2 disorders – 20% of them will actually have both the disorders – which?IS actually significant.

Maurice M Ohayon at Stanford University has written many papers on such topics – for the enthusiasts…

But just to find people to chat with, receive comfort from, and learn you might ‘enjoy’ this forum?for people who have sleep apnea:?

And here’s a page from that site specifically commenting on depression and sleep apnea:?

There is a lot of information available on the internet about sleep apnea, thankfully.

For help with depression visit our page

And also see?my recent post Omega 3 for Depression and ADHD.



{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Stefanie May 29, 2009 at 6:53 am

Hi Elizabeth,

I have had a mild case of insomnia and so has a close friend of mine. a appreciate your study and I am a big fan of using natural sleep rememdies to help me get to bed and they work like a charm!

I work long hours and often find it hard to get realxed and fall asleep.

I am currently using a pillow mist spray from Sarong Gaia sleep remedies which have been extracted from the Himalayan Mountains and they work like a charm. I highly reccomend it!

Thanks for your articles.



Oswald Abraham July 16, 2009 at 9:13 am

I am a victim of this condition, snoring and sleep apnoea. I struggled with this for quite a few years. It got really bad about three years ago. The last apnoea I had scared the hell out of me. My doctor recomended that I use a CPAP machine. CPAP and I do not seem to agree, my struggle continued, until I came up with my own invention,a inclined, lateral positional pillow. I am able to control my snoring by about 80% and I cannot recall having even a mild apnoea in the last 18 months.


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