Journal article

Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with depressive symptoms in pregnancy.

Karen Redhead, Jennifer Walsh, Megan Galbally, John P Newnham, Stuart J Watson, Peter Eastwood

Sleep | Published : 2020

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In pregnancy, the prevalence of both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and depression increases. Research reveals an association in the general population with up to 45% of patients diagnosed with OSA having depressive symptoms. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the relationship between OSA and depression in pregnant women. METHODS: One hundred and eighty-nine women ≥26 weeks pregnant were recruited from a tertiary perinatal hospital. This cross-sectional study measured OSA (Apnea Hypopnea Index, AHI, using an ApneaLink device) and symptoms of depression (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, EPDS). Data were collected from medical records including participant age, et..

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