Sleep Disorder Multiplies Depression Risk

Sleeping disorders affect work of police officers

STORY HIGHLIGHTS 6% of men and 3% of women have received a sleep apnea diagnosis, study finds Seep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes frequent sleep disturbances Sleep disruption, particularly insomnia, can be a risk factor for developing depression Snoring, sometimes linked to sleep apnea, doesn’t appear to be associated with depression (Health.com) — People with sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that causes frequent sleep disturbances, often feel tired and unfocused during the day. But that may not be the only fallout: New research suggests the disorder also dramatically increases the risk of depression. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that men with diagnosed sleep apnea are more than twice as likely as other men to exhibit signs of clinical depression, such as feeling hopeless and uninterested in everyday activities. The picture was even worse among women: A sleep apnea diagnosis increased the risk of depression symptoms fivefold. What’s more, the study suggests that sleep apnea is underdiagnosed.
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December 22, 2011 at 01:59 | Report abuse | Reply Sandy I don’t know how the situation is in the larger cities, but in the small municipalities in some areas, a large number of officers hold second jobs and even own a side business. The fact that they work changing shifts, and even when the shifts are stationary, makes them able to do this. Sleep seems to take a back seat to money. December 22, 2011 at 08:55 | Report abuse | Reply cops_are_jerks December 22, 2011 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply jenn This is so true.
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