A new study in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that nearly 73 percent of obstructive sleep apnea patients had clinically significant depressive symptoms at baseline. However, these symptoms remained in only 4 percent of the sleep apnea patients who adhered to CPAP therapy for 3 months. According to the authors, the study highlights the potential for sleep apnea to be misdiagnosed as depression.
Read the study in JCSM: Depressive Symptoms before and after Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Men and Women
Read the press release: CPAP therapy reduces symptoms of depression in adults with sleep apnea