Which sleep disorder can cause psychiatric symptoms?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Of the various sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea in particular can cause significant medical and psychiatric symptoms and is often missed as a diagnosis. Patients and, if necessary, their partners should be interviewed regarding their sleep quality, daytime sleepiness, and snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is especially common in patients with obesity. Polysomnography can help make the diagnosis and guide treatment.


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