Sleep apnea treatment improves bed partner's depression

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A 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 had a full-night sleep study. 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.

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