Can Snoring Cause Depression?

Snore CoupleSnoring is often thought of as humorous, at least when depicted amongst stooges or cartoon ducks. In reality, snoring can cause those you share space with to miss out on precious sleep. It can also be a sign of a potentially dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea. When you start losing enough sleep on a consistent basis, you could begin to feel downright depressed. Could there be a connection between lack of sleep and depression?

Defining Insomnia

Insomnia is defined as a sleep disorder. If you suffer from this condition, you will have a great challenge maintaining restorative sleep patterns. When your sleep quality and quantity are this poor, your day-to-day functioning can become impaired. You might notice heightened fears and anxieties, and a general overblown sense of perception. Some might call it “making mountains out of molehills.” Irritability and frustration are common side effects of exhaustion.

Depression from Lack of Sleep

Depression can manifest in a variety of ways: loneliness, sadness, guilt, hopelessness, a sense of pointlessness. In and of itself, depression can affect your ability to sleep. While depression can make you feel exhausted, the actual act of sleep can be much harder to attain with a heavy mind in overdrive with upsetting thoughts. In fact, trouble sleeping is one of the most prevalent symptoms of clinical depression. Insomnia by itself may not cause clinical depression, but not sleeping can make your symptoms much worse. Normal sleep brings about a restorative state. Without the chance for your body to achieve this from deep sleep, you can end up in a seemingly non-stop cycle of intense depression symptoms. If you believe snoring is keeping you awake, sometimes a dental mouthguard is all you need to stop the problem. This treatment can even work for certain cases of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).


Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.