Can Sleep Apnea Cause Depression?

Sleep deprivation is a growing health concern in the world today. The advent of technology allowed people to do things they usually do during the day at night. Back then, you have no choice but to hit the sack once nighttime falls because even late night TV shows don’t stay up that late. But like with most things here on the planet, it is a thing of the past. Nowadays, you can even work at night. There are gadgets you can use that will work well any time of the day and Internet connectivity is at its finest and fastest.

The world may have become more interesting but it has also compromised our health in the process. It’s as if humans don’t have a lot on our plate already with diseases and other health conditions constantly putting our health (and lives) at risk. One of which is sleep apnea. This condition affects millions of people all over the world and is one of the major reason a lot of people are losing sleep every single day. One group are the snorers themselves while the other group is the unfortunate spouses who have to put up with the loud snoring sound their partners make.

Losing sleep itself is a depressing fact. Sleep is a recuperative process that allows the human body to recharge and ready itself for the new day. And now, studies actually prove the relationship between chronic lack of sleep and depression.

What causes a mood disorder like major depression or bipolar disorder? Psychiatrists say a combination of genetics, trauma, and a neurochemical imbalance. Now we find another aspect, which carries significant weight. A new study finds that disrupted circadian rhythms—our natural internal body clock, can contribute to these conditions. Researchers at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, in the UK, conducted the study. Their results were published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry.  

Sleep disruption is a common symptom among those with a mood disorder. There’s a chicken and egg thing going on here. Does a mood disorder disrupt sleep or does disrupted

The Importance of Consequences

There comes a point in every child’s development where they start to test their boundaries. Whether it’s around bedtime, food, playing well with others, or dozens of other scenarios where they’re expected to act a certain way, chances are they’re going to take a chance to see what happens if they don’t do what they’re told.

The good news is that toddlers, whether they act like it or not, typically want to know what they are and aren’t allowed to do. Boundaries and rules provide structure and predictability, but only when misbehavior is met with consistent and well-explained consequences.

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4 Best Sleeping Masks of 2018

Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? You go to bed and just lay there for fifteen, or twenty, or thirty minutes before you finally manage to drift off.

Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine. It’s staying asleep that’s the problem. You find yourself waking up all through the night, especially when car light’s shine through your bedroom window, or your partner turns on the light in the bathroom.

Or are you a restless sleeper? You fall asleep…technically. But you can’t seem to achieve the truly deep sleep your body craves.

If you’ve experienced any of these sleep problems, you’ve probably tried some of the following:

  • Sleeping pills.
  • Relaxing herbal teas.
  • Ambient noise machines.
  • Special pillows.
  • Drinking a glass of warm milk before bedtime.

Some of these remedies can certainly work. But there’s an easier solution. One that will help you fall asleep faster, and stay asleep throughout the night.

That simple solution is a sleeping mask.


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What is a Sleeping Mask?

Sleeping masks, also called eye masks and sleep masks, are proof that the simplest solutions can sometimes be the most effective.

A sleeping mask covers both eyes, extending from your forehead to your cheeks. These masks block out any light that could keep you from falling asleep. They also help if light frequently wakes you up during the night. Even people who don’t suffer from these specific …

The Cost Of Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

People will go to great lengths just to be able to sleep soundly again. Some even shell out the extra dough for treatments and services that promise a better and longer shuteye even just for a while. Sleep, or better yet, the lack of it, has a major impact on people’s lives. You perform poorly at school or at work and always feel sleepy during the day. You even raise your risk of getting injuries or into accidents because you feel drowsy most of the time.

There are different reasons for sleep deprivation. Sleep apnea and restless leg are two of them but it can also be caused by other distractions. It is more difficult for people whose sleeplessness they have no control over with. Like with sleep apnea, there is little you can do about it given that it is still incurable. However, there are plenty of sleep management procedures and products one can try to help them overcome their sleep issues. But prior to treatment, a person is often asked to undergo a sleep study. This in itself is quite costly already and not all the time covered by insurance. Once the results are in can treatment really begin. Yet throughout this entire ordeal, you have to ensure your pocket is deep because diagnosis to management does not come cheap.

A lot of people are spending that much and more in search of the elusive good night’s sleep.

More than a third of Americans don’t get the recommended seven hours of shut-eye and as many as 70 million people have a chronic sleep disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center on Sleep Disorder Research.

Sleep studies, the gold standard for diagnosing sleep disorders, are such big business that the number of accredited sleep centers across the nation has soared from 500 in 2000 to 2,600 today.

Independence Blue Cross, the largest private insurer in the Philadelphia region, has seen a 28 percent increase in the number of sleep studies it has been billed for over the last five years, with

Blocking Dentists from OSA Diagnosis Is Not Bad

A dental sleep medicine practitioner explains why the AASM and AMA’s actions only reinforce what dentists already know.

By now you have likely heard that the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and American Medical Association (AMA) are advocating to block dentists from diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The AASM has launched a nationwide initiative that aims to defend the scope of practice of physicians and advanced care providers who manage patients with OSA from dentists and other practitioners who are not trained or qualified to diagnose a medical disease.

Every state medical board received a copy of the AMA resolution, Appropriate Use of Objective Tests for Obstructive Sleep Apnea H-35.963. The resolution was introduced in November 2017 at the AMA Interim Meeting and was adopted by the House of Delegates. Because of this new policy, the AASM released a position statement on the clinical use of a home sleep apnea test.

The statement stated that the diagnosis and effective treatment of OSA in adults is an urgent health priority. However, according to the AASM, only a physician can diagnose medical conditions such as OSA and primary snoring.

While it is understandable that some dentists are upset over this new ruling, let’s not create any bad blood. This new statement does not mean the end for us dentists providing treatment for OSA. It simply goes back to what we’ve always known: we need to continue to build a working relationship with physicians.

Build a Working Relationship with Physicians

Sleep medicine in the dental office provides knowledge and understanding of sleep physiology and the life-threatening consequences of sleep-disordered breathing. Many at-risk patients are candidates for oral appliance therapy, and many patients who are suffering from sleep apnea can be treated by your dental practice working in an interdisciplinary relationship with a sleep physician.

While you can provide your patients with oral appliance therapy, it is important to be aware that the first step in treatment is a proper diagnosis. To properly diagnose your patients, a sleep physician or other medical professional is needed—they are available

Should Babies Really “Sleep Through the Night?”

It’s a term that we use all the time as the parents of young children. “Sleeping through the night” is viewed as the peak of the mountain when it comes to babies’ sleep, but its meaning is also widely misunderstood.

In today’s video, I’ll explain exactly what I mean when I talk about “sleeping through the night” and hopefully clear up the concerns that some parents have about it.

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The Increasing Prevalence Of Sleep Apnea

Some may still not be aware of what sleep apnea is but may already have the condition. Its most prominent symptom is snoring and a lot of people are guilty of snoring in their sleep even if they aren’t aware of it. Yet it does not follow that all snorers have sleep apnea. Regardless of this fact, statistics show that sleep apnea cases are rising even if not everyone actually does get themselves checked and treated for it. We are not just talking about mere thousands of cases but almost a billion people suffering from this condition. That’s how prevalent sleep apnea has become and made the sleep market grow exponentially big.

A lot of things contribute to sleep apnea. It is essentially a physical anomaly that leaves a person with a narrower or constricted airway but other things can also make you lose sleep such as obesity, lifestyle, too much use of tech gadgets, hormonal problems, etc. There was a time when people were proud that they are losing sleep because it means they are working way too hard than necessary. But not anymore. People today spend a great deal of fortune to get their lost sleep back because it is the right thing to do. Health is wealth. It is the biggest cliché in the world that truly matters.

A new data analysis presented by ResMed last week at the ATS 2018 International Conference, indicates that sleep apnea affects more than 936 million people worldwide — nearly 10 times greater than previous estimates.

The study, “Global Prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” was conducted by an international panel of leading researchers seeking to provide a clear scope of the impact of the chronic sleep-disordered breathing condition. The previous estimation of OSA prevalence (100 million) came from a 2007 World Health Organization study that used methods and data available at the time. By analyzing technology improvements in detecting OSA and under-reported statistics from other areas of the world, this latest study depicts an impacted population significantly larger than previously identified.


The statistics are staggering. This many people …

What Does “Normal” Sleep Look Like?

Considering the fact that we all spend a third of our lives asleep, how we go about it is surprisingly different for every person.

However, there are certain “norms” that you can look at to see if you, and more importantly your little one, are sleeping as much as you should be, and what you can do to get to sleep easier and stay asleep for longer.

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Speaking in Bronxville, New York this Wednesday

I’m home from Australia today, but heading off to New York tomorrow, because I couldn’t pass up this amazing opportunity to be a keynote speaker during Sarah Lawrence’s Sleep Week. New York friends: Please join me this Wednesday 10/17 from 6-8 pm ET at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY!

I’ll share my inspiring personal journey presentation and discuss Wide Awake & Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. A class on sleep at Sarah Lawrence has been reading my book as par to their curriculum for the past four years, which is such a huge honor, so I can’t wait for a lively discussion with the audience.

This event is FREE and open to the public — I’d absolutely love for you and your loved ones to join us for an inspiring educational discussion.

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Sarah Lawrence College
Esther Raushenbush Library
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

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Australia’s ResApp Sees Positive Results from Prospective Sleep Apnea Clinical Study

ResApp Health Limited, a Brisbane, Australia-based digital health company developing smartphone applications for the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease, reports positive results from its prospective, double-blind obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) clinical study. Analysis confirmed that ResApp’s machine-learning algorithms were able to accurately identify OSA from a patient’s overnight breathing and snoring sounds recorded using only a smartphone placed on a bedside table. The company is working with Drs Philip Currie and Ivan Ling of Cardio Respiratory Sleep (CRS), who recruited patients at Hollywood Private Hospital and The Park Private Hospital in Perth, Australia.

Data from 582 adult patients was analyzed, of which 62% were male. The mean age of patients was 53 years (range 18-94) with a mean apnea hypopnea index (AHI) of 26/h (range 0-143).

ResApp’s algorithms achieved 84% sensitivity and 83% specificity for identifying patients with an AHI greater than or equal to 5/h (patients with mild, moderate, or severe OSA) compared to simultaneous gold standard in-laboratory polysomnography scored using the current 2012 American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) scoring criteria. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC, a standard measure of how well a test distinguishes between two diagnostic groups, where a value of 1 represents a perfect test) was 0.90. The algorithms were similarly able to identify patients with AHI greater than or equal to 15/h (moderate or severe OSA) and AHI greater than or equal to 30/h (severe OSA).

Currie and Ling say in a release, “The results from the study are excellent and we are one step closer to expanding the set of tools that can help identify people with sleep apnea. Today’s methods of sleep apnea diagnosis, either sleep laboratory polysomnography or home sleep testing, are not able to mass screen patients due to availability and costs, leaving a large unmet clinical and societal need to find a solution to population screen for OSA, especially in patients with existing heart disease, obesity, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, or type 2 diabetes.”

Associate professor Udantha Abeyratne, chief scientist of ResApp, says, “Sleep sound analysis has come of age and these results provide solid