What’s more, the study suggests that sleep apnea is underdiagnosed. More than 80% of the people who reported classic symptoms such as snorting or gasping for breath on most nights of the week had never received an official diagnosis. This group, too, had a threefold higher risk of depression compared to people who had no trouble breathing at night. Health.com: 12 surprising causes of depression “We’re underdiagnosing this problem,” says Carl Boethel, M.D., a sleep specialist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Temple, who was not involved in the study. “Physicians in the sleep community and in the psychiatric community need to do a better job of screening and getting effective treatment.” Coffee may lower risk of depression Sleep apnea and related problems occur when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, restricting breathing. The disorder can be caused by several factors, including oversized tonsils, the structure of a person’s airway, or excess fat surrounding the windpipe.
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ADHD and Sleep Disorders
Surgery is the treatment of choice for kids with enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Other treatments are available for those with restricted nighttime breathing due to allergies or other causes. Is restless legs syndrome related to ADHD? Studies show some link between sleep disruption and ADHD and restless legs syndrome (RLS) and ADHD.
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