Difficulty Losing Weight
Another essential task that your body performs during sleep is regulating your metabolism. Sleep interruptions can make your body more likely to store calories as fat. This is in addition to chronic fatigue that makes it hard to exercise. People with sleep apnea can find it difficult to lose weight, even though losing weight is a common recommendation for people with the condition.
Unexplained weight gain and difficulty losing weight are reasons why people with sleep apnea are sometimes misdiagnosed with hypothyroidism.
Restlessness and Irritability
Poor sleep can lead to restlessness and irritability. You just find you have less patience for both tasks and people. You may also find that you have less empathy for others, making you more likely to snap at them.
With the low energy and fatigue that comes from poor sleep, people with sleep apnea are prone to depression. They may experience a loss of joy in things they used to enjoy and little motivation to try to improve their situation.
Multiple studies suggest that people with sleep apnea are sometimes misdiagnosed with depression. If you’ve received a depression diagnosis and have other symptoms on this list, consider getting a sleep test. Treating sleep apnea can improve the effectiveness of depression treatment.