New Information Connects Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Depression
Snorting, gasping, or stopping breathing while asleep was associated with nearly all depression symptoms, including feeling hopeless and feeling like a failure, according to results from what authors say is the first nationally representative sampling to examine this relationship. They note that additional research may be needed to determine whether regular screening for these conditions by mental health professionals and sleep specialists … more
Sleep Apnea Linked to Silent Strokes
People with severe sleep apnea may have an increased risk of silent strokes and small lesions in the brain, according to a small study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2012.
“We found a surprisingly high frequency of sleep apnea in patients with stroke that underlines its clinical relevance as a stroke risk factor,” said Jessica Kepplinger, MD, the study’s lead … more
Women with Sleep Apnea Have a Higher Degree of Brain Damage than Men
Women suffering from sleep apnea have a higher degree of brain damage than men with the disorder, according to a study conducted by researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing.
The multi-year study, titled “Sex Differences in White Matter Alterations Accompanying Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” looks at patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Researchers compared the nerve fibers … more
Sleep Apnea Spikes Death Risk
Sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of death, according to new results from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, an 18-year observational study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.
Researchers found that adults (ages 30 to 60) with sleep-disordered breathing at the start of the study were two to three times more likely to die … more
Less Sleep Ups Risk of Diabetes and Obesity
A study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) reinforces the finding that too little sleep or sleep patterns that are inconsistent with our body’s “internal biological clock” may lead to increased risk of diabetes and obesity. This finding has been seen in short-term lab studies and when observing human subjects via epidemiological studies. However, unlike epidemiological studies, this new study … more