Treating sleep apnea may lessen depression, too

December 22, 2014 5:48 PM

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(Reuters Health) – For people with depression and obstructive sleep apnea, using a nightly device to improve breathing while asleep may also improve depression symptoms, according to a new review of the evidence.

“It’s thought that sleep apnea could contribute to depression through its effects on sleep quality as sleep fragmentation occurs from the frequent apnea events, but this hasn't been proven experimentally,” said lead author Dr. Marcus Povitz of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

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