Study links sleep apnea to risk of developing depression

A study in the May 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine reports that people with obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing depressive disorder.  Participants with OSA were two times more likely than those without OSA to develop depressive disorder within a year (hazard ratio = 2.18).  The study also confirmed a higher risk of incident depressive disorder among female patients with OSA (HR = 2.72) than among males (HR = 1.81).  The study from Taiwan compared 2,818 patients diagnosed with OSA with 14,090 matched controls.  A commentary notes that the study “represents a significant step in documenting a link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and depression.”  One strength of the study is its setting in Taiwan, “where most OSA patients are left untreated due to lack of insurance.”

2013-05-23T00:00:00+00:00 May 23rd, 2013|Professional Development|