Cognitive and mood dysfunction in adult obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA): Implications for psychological research and practice

Michelle Olaithe, Shenooka Nanthakumar, Peter Eastwood, Romola S. Bucks

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Abstract



Adult obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is characterized by repeated, upper airway collapse resulting in sleep fragmentation and oxygen desaturation. Consequences of OSA include excessive daytime sleepiness, unrefreshing sleep, fatigue, increased risk of depression, reduced quality of life, and cognitive deficits. This article delineates the cognitive- and mood-related difficulties faced by individuals with OSA, discusses the theoretical accounts of nocturnal harm and daytime cognitive and mood dysfunction, and suggests practical tools to assess and treat psychological consequences of OSA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-78
Number of pages12
JournalTranslational Issues in Psychological Science
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cognition
  • cognitive research
  • hypoxia
  • obstructive sleep apnea
  • sleep fragmentation

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