Washington: : Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its other symptoms are associated with probable major depression, regardless of factors like weight, age, sex or race, a new study has claimed.The study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also found that there was no link between depression and snoring.“Snorting, gasping or stopping breathing while asleep was associated with nearly all depression symptoms, including feeling hopeless and feeling like a failure,” Anne G. Wheaton, lead author of the study, said.“We expected persons with sleep-disordered breathing to report trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, or feeling tired and having little energy, but not the other symptoms,” she said.This study is the first nationally representative sampling to examine this relationship, surveying 9,714 American adults.Previous studies have focused on smaller samples of specific populations, such as people suffering from (OSA), depression or other health conditions.Wheaton, an epidemiologist with CDC, said the likelihood of depression increased with the reported frequency of snorting and/or instances when breathing stopped in the study.
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