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Sleeping This Way Can Lead to Depression, Study Shows

If you feel unrefreshed after a night’s sleep , you may have sleep apnea, and the position you’re sleeping in may make it worse. "Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common problem that affects a person’s breathing during sleep, during which air cannot flow normally into the lungs," say the authors of one big sleep apnea study . "The blockage in the airflow is usually caused by the collapse of the soft tissues in the back of the throat (upper airway) and the tongue during sleep." The authors found that sleep apnea can have dangerous repercussions. Read on to discover 4 symptoms and see what sleeping position makes it worse—and learn what you can do about it. And to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Tired woman with closed eyes leaning over coach at home If you wake up from snoring, from your breathing stopping, or you find yourself gasping for air in the middle of the night, you might have sleep apnea. The study, which studied Saudi-based airline pilots, determined "screening for workers of this high-risk occupation needs to be considered. Fatigue, depression, and insomnia can be secondary consequences of sleep apnea and should be assessed and treated early." Makes sense. "If you have obstructive sleep apnea, tissues in your throat relax during sleep, periodically blocking your airway, causing breathing interruptions that disrupt sleep," reports Harvard Health . And that’s not the only symptom. hispanic woman at home bedroom lying in bed late at night trying to sleep suffering insomnia sleeping disorder or scared on nightmares looking sad worried and stressed "One-third of participants had some problems initiating or maintaining sleep (insomnia),33% had tiredness and fatigue,35.9% had depression, while 23.1% were excessively sleepy during the daytime," say the study’s authors. Even if you are able to fall asleep, the apnea can wake you up, making it difficult to fall back asleep again.

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