Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rise and Shine: Sleep Apnea Treatment Improves Bed Partner’s Depression

A new study from the journal Sleep and Breathing found that treating primary snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can improve your bed partner’s depression.

OSA is known to influence mood and daytime sleepiness in patients, but this study confirms its impact on bed partners.

The study included 36 participants who snored or had OSA. They were 24 to 63 years of age. Each person took a full-night polysomnogram (PSG).

They had two sessions of radio-frequency tissue ablation (RFTA). This surgery tries to shrink the palate or tongue with microwaves.

Results indicated that treatment improved depression scores for the bed partners of snoring and OSAHS patients during a short follow-up period.

A follow-up PSG was given within two to three months after the second RFTA session. AHI decreased from 13.16 to 10.69 for the entire group of patients.

Participants also took the Beck Depression Inventory-Second Edition (BDI-II) to assess the changes in emotional state of patients’ bed partners.

The average BDI-II scores decreased from 12.69 to 9.17 for the entire group of bed partners, indicating improved mood.

Sleep plays an important role with emotions.

In March, this blog reported on a new study that found that lack of sleep impairs recognition of human emotion. The research showed that sleep deprivation dulls people’s ability to judge facial expressions.

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