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Can sleep apnea cause anxiety/panic attacks?

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Mondayz +0 points · 8 days ago Original Poster

I just had an in home sleep study done, and it was determined that I do have sleep apnea. Now begins the long road of insurance battling to get an in lab one. In the meantime:

1) can sleep apnea cause anxiety and panic attacks? I have been extremely anxious the past two months and feel as though I haven’t slept in two months either. This all began after a random panic attack with no known trigger.

2) sleep study folks, how long after the in on study did you get your machine and how long thereafter did you feel the effects of it helping ?

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sleepbandit +0 points · 8 days ago

Definitely can cause anxiety and panic as every time you stop breathing your body triggers the fight or flight response to wake you so you start breathing again. And all that cortisol in your body creates lingering anxiety. Before I was treated for apnea (and my mine is mild), I would always get out of bed with morning anxiety. This foreboding feeling. Literally, after the first night using the appliance that feeling pretty much went away. It's crazy. I feel so much calmer now.

I have an oral appliance. I got it right after my study. I didn't wait for insurance to pre-approve. I wanted to start sleeping again so I just paid for it. LOL.

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Mondayz +0 points · 7 days ago Original Poster

Thank you for the reply. I’m Just wondering if the anxiety can be during the day like 24/7 around the clock anxiety. Is this normal of sleep apnea or should I get that checked as well via a psychiatrist ?

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sleepbandit +0 points · 7 days ago

If you have apnea, try getting that corrected first before you start treating yourself something else is my suggestion. If the apnea improves your anxiety may subside as well. If not, then seek out help for the anxiety.

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Sierra +0 points · 7 days ago Sleep Innovater

I can't really say I had anxiety/panic attacks, but I certainly was irritated about having an apnea test and in my initial use of the CPAP. I really did not want to be diagnosed with apnea and did not want to use the equipment. However, I got over it, and now realize my irritation was making things worse with respect to getting sleep.

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