The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Anxiety

In today’s world, most people are under continual stress. Financial concerns, job pressure and family responsibilities leave many people feeling the effects of anxiety. When you couple anxiety with daytime sleepiness, you may have more than just the pressure of a busy life as the cause.

If you think daytime sleepiness is normal, think again. If you find yourself dosing off or struggle to concentrate because you are tired, it is imperative that you see a doctor and rule out sleep apnea as a cause. Sleep apnea is caused by the airways collapsing at night and compromising the airways. Snoring and sleep apnea go hand in hand.

For people that deal with daily stress, the broken sleep throughout the night and lack of REM sleep only makes anxiety worse. The breathless, fight or flight feeling that your body deals with at night from sleep apnea adds to the emotional toll you experience during the day, even though you are unaware it is occurring while you sleep.

If you are dealing with anxiety and feel sleepy during the day, call Atlanta ENT today for a sleep apnea consultation. Diagnosing the problem is easy, and several treatment options are available to help you get the rest you need so you can deal with the daytime stress.

Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President of Atlanta ENT

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