Sleep disorder multiplies depression risk

Café Scientifique: Sleepless Nights: Sleep Problems and Disorders

The data was drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an annual survey conducted by the CDC. 7 tips for the best sleep ever Six percent of men and 3% of women had received a sleep apnea diagnosis, the survey found, while 7% of men and 4% of women reported breathing problems on at least five nights per week. Depression was assessed using a standard questionnaire that asked how often during the past two weeks the participants had “little interest or pleasure in doing things” or felt “down, depressed or hopeless,” for instance. Five percent of men and 8% of women had scores indicating “probable” depression, according to the researchers. A complicating factor is that the effects of depression and sleep apnea can be difficult to distinguish, says psychiatrist Michael Weissberg, M.D., co-director of the insomnia and sleep disorders clinic at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Denver.
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Sleep Disorders, Attention Problems Linked

The most common complaints are loud snoring, disrupted sleep, and excess daytime sleepiness. Obstructive sleep apnea causes repetitive blockage of the airways during sleep. The muscles that keep the airways open collapse and air cannot get to the lungs. Medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes are associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Smoking is also linked to this sleeping disorder.
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Kushida, MD, PhD, Stanford Neurologist and Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center, and President of the World Sleep Federation. Learn about sleep and sleepiness, how to recognize common sleep problems and sleep disorders, and receive treatment for them. Dr Kushida will also share some dos and donts for good sleep.
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