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My antidepressants have been working great up until the last 6 weeks or so. I've been having a rough time with depression, and I've also been having symptoms of sleep apnea. My wife says I seem more depressed on days when I snored badly the previous night. I've read about sleep apnea being associated with depression. My hope is that treating the sleep apnea will help the depression and I won't have to change my meds. 

Anyone else have sleep apnea? Did treating it help with the depression? 

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  • 4 months later...

Throwing this topic out there again....


i too too have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea and will be put on a CPAP breathing machine.

Has any one undergone this treatment and found it impoves their depression episode's?

My main symptoms of d included fatigue, headadaches and lack of energy.

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I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea for several years and with depression for forever. This is a tricky relationship. The sleep apnea creates daytime fatigue, tiredness, and actual drowsiness, along with headaches and a lack of energy. I know that when I don't wear my CPAP at night (a rarity), I am sluggish and grouchy the next day. I am much more irritable and the depression does seem worse. That said, the underlying depression does not really seemed to have improved with the CPAP.

I guess it will depend on the cause of your depression. For some whose primary reason for the depression is their sleep disorder, then I suspect they will notice marked improvement. For others, maybe not so much.  But...better sleep generally is always a good thing when you are dealing with depression, of any cause.

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  • 5 weeks later...

Hello, I'm very familiar with sleep apnea problems and I've read a lot of information about it. The problem is that people actually don't get it diagnosed in time and check for other things like mental disorders etc. It's important to have your doctor run a test for sleep apnea. There are many treatments for it including CPAP, physical activities that improve your weight and a surgery option called (here we go) Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) (even reading it is hard). Here's some info I've read about the risks, symptomps and treatment:




There's a lot of info on a new treatment with implants which is great for people who don't respond to CPAP treatment. You can learn more about it here:



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