It was found that 779 patients who used the Positive Airway Machine had fewer depressive symptoms . The patients had to fill up a questionnaire where they scored their depressive symptoms. After treatment with the CPAP machine they filled in the same questionnaire and they reported improvement in their symptoms of depression.
Patients using positive airway pressure for more than four hours each night showed more improvement than those who did not adhere to their treatment regimen as strictly.
Depression is common amongst people with sleep apnea and using the positive airway machine may help ease symptoms of depression among people with the sleep-related breathing disorder, the new study suggests.
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