Sleep should be considered as important as healthy nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation.  “Sleep Disordered Breathing”- gasping, snorting, and short pauses in breathing – has been linked with depression.  Men and women in a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, who said they have snorted/stopped breathing at least five nights a week, were three times more likely to show signs of major depression.  People who are having symptoms of sleep disordered breathing have diminished oxygen to the brain and interrupted sleep.  Poor quality of sleep has been linked to increased depressive symptoms.  If you have any of these symptoms or suspect you may have a sleep disorder, call the Sleep Institute of New England and make an appointment today at 603-347-8810.

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