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Gender differences in obstructive sleep apnea with comorbid treatment-resistant depression



A bidirectional relationship between major depression and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been established, suggesting the possibility of overlapping and compounding disease processes. Depression, however, while more prevalent in women, is a highly heterogeneous disorder and can be difficult to treat regardless of gender. A common overlapping symptom of depression and OSA is fatigue. Gender differences in OSA symptomatology (and fatigue in particular) are also consistently observed. Here, we investigate OSA in specific relation to treatment-resistant depression.


A cross-sectional exploratory design was used to analyse data from 94 patients with treatment-resistant depression from a subspecialist mood disorders outpatient service who had no previous sleep assessment. Participants completed overnight polysomnography and a battery of rating scales assessing mood, sleep, and daytime functioning. Linear regression models determined whether presence of fatigue in treatment-resistant depression predicted OSA severity.


There was a high prevalence (79%) of previously undiagnosed OSA in our sample of patients with treatment-resistant depression. Treatment-resistant depression was one factor to close the gap in obstructive sleep apnea prevalence between men and women in this group. Presence of OSA measured objectively by the Apnea Hypopnea Index was not associated with episode state (depressed vs. euthymic). Daytime sleepiness scores as measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale indicated higher than normal daytime sleepiness with no difference between genders. Men and women in our study reported similar amounts of fatigue as measured by the Profile of Mood States-Fatigue Subscale, however, daytime fatigue (but not sleepiness) predicted OSA severity in women only.


We argue that typical symptoms of treatment-resistant depression may overshadow key symptoms of undetected OSA. Specifically, we found that daytime fatigue may be one factor masking a potentially significant underlying sleep disorder in women only. Comprehensive assessment and screening for sleep apnea in patients with treatment-resistant depression is encouraged, and the importance of investigating severity of fatigue in this population is emphasized.


The heterogeneity of depression and its potential for recurrence lead some individuals to experience treatment-resistant depression (TRD). While there remains a lack of consensus on the concept and definition of TRD (Kennedy et al. 2016), it is most commonly defined as a major depressive episode which fails to respond to at least two antidepressant trials of adequate dose and duration plus failure of an adequate trial of psychotherapyFootnote 1 (Fava et al. 2020; Brown et al. 2019). Most antidepressant medication treatment trials last no less than 8 weeks. As dosages are gradually titrated upward to reach a therapeutic dose, a minimum of 5 months should elapse before criteria for TRD is met (Gaynes et al. 2020; Lundberg et al. 2023). Up to 50–60% of patients do not achieve adequate response following antidepressant treatment (Fava 2003). Often, inappropriate doses of medication or duration of treatment, non-adherence, and comorbid medical conditions including anxiety disorders, substance use disorder, personality disorders and other medical comorbidities contribute to pseudo-resistance and significantly interfere with treatment response (Fava et al. 2020; Bennabi et al. 2019). The high societal burden of depression underscores the need to better understand all factors contributing to episode onset, course, and treatment efficacy. One possible way to construe these factors is to examine common physical comorbidities of TRD, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Nearly one fifth of individuals diagnosed with depression also show symptoms consistent with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) such as OSA (Franklin et al. 2013). The longer OSA is left undiagnosed or untreated, the higher the risk of developing debilitating physical health complications that lead to increased morbidity, (e.g., cognitive decline) and mortality (Yaffe et al. 2011).

Findings from epidemiological and clinical studies suggest that OSA is underdiagnosed in women (Heinzer et al. 2015; Valipour et al. 2007). Newer clinical studies confirm much lower men’s vs. women’s prevalence ratios in the range of 3:1–2:1, suggesting that variations in symptoms between men and women may lead to referral bias, misdiagnoses, and delay of treatment in women with OSA (Heinzer et al. 2015; Valipour et al. 2007). It is necessary to investigate why women are disproportionately underdiagnosed if they experience OSA at a similar rate as men.

It is widely recognized that women often do not present with the “classic” symptoms of OSA such as excessive sleepiness and heavy snoring, but rather with less common or “atypical” symptoms such as daytime fatigue, unrestful sleep, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression, restless legs, nightmares, and palpitations (Young et al. 1996; Quintana-Gallego et al. 1166). A preeminent difference in the presentation of OSA between men and women may be the higher proportion of reported depressive symptoms, anxiety, and poorer quality of life in women (Yaffe et al. 2011; Lin et al. 2008). Further, women with SDB may be more likely to develop cognitive impairment or dementia as compared to healthy women (LeGates et al. 2019). Incidentally, women are diagnosed with major depression two-fold more than men and are more likely to be classified as having TRD (Ong et al. 2009).

Treatment resistant depression and OSA

The relationship between Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and OSA appears to be bidirectional. Several studies show that patients with OSA experience more symptoms of depression than individuals without OSA. In a sample of 703 individuals with MDD, 13.94% met criteria for moderate to severe OSA (Hein et al. 2017). Moreover, a similar study demonstrated higher levels of SDB in MDD after excluding individuals with clinically significant SDB, suggesting that screening for OSA should be a standard practice in patients with MDD (Cheng et al. 2013). Despite this evidence, the association between comorbid depression and OSA remains poorly understood.

Although a vast body of literature exists on the general link between OSA and depression, the impact of OSA in patients with chronic, treatment resistant depression has not received much attention. Given the high prevalence and symptom overlap of OSA and TRD in community and clinical populations, our aim is to investigate the comorbidity of OSA in TRD, explore potential gender differences, and characterize the particular importance of this comorbidity in women.

Current study

The current study used a cross-sectional sample of adults with treatment resistant depression to probe the relation between OSA and TRD. We used an exploratory approach to examine the prevalence of previously undiagnosed OSA in men and women with OSA, and to elucidate any gender differences surrounding “atypical” symptoms such as fatigue on the clinical presentation and severity of OSA in TRD.



Individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 who participated in one of two studies examining the interface between sleep and mood disorders in the outpatient Mood Disorders Research and Treatment Service at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston Ontario, Canada were included in the current study. Ethical clearance was granted by the hospital’s affiliated university Health Sciences Research Ethics Board. Patients undergoing treatment for depression who had inadequate response to two or more antidepressants and had never undergone a sleep study were asked if they would like to participate. Individuals were excluded if they experienced current manic symptoms, symptoms of psychosis, acquired brain injury, epilepsy, dementia, intellectual disability, personality disorders, or poorly controlled co-morbid medical conditions. Individuals whose symptoms were suggestive of a primary sleep disorder other than OSA (e.g. narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome) were also excluded. Those with non-specific sleep disturbance symptoms such as insomnia, hypersomnia, restless and interrupted sleep, and nightmares were not excluded as these are often also associated with depression and therefore too broad to merit exclusion. Participants were included even if they presented with comorbid dysthymic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or social anxiety disorder. None of the participants in this sample were shift workers.

Depressive symptoms

Diagnosis of TRD was made by an experienced psychiatrist in a subspecialist Mood Disorders service and confirmed using electronic patient records. Depression severity was assessed with The Montgomery Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS;(Montgomery and Åsberg 1979)) and the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D; (Hamilton 1960)). Euthymia was defined as HAM-D scores below 17, indicating a non-depressive state.

Anxiety symptoms

Anxiety severity was measured using the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI; (Beck et al. 1988)).

Non-specific psychiatric morbidity and quality of life

The 12 item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ;(Goldberg 1978)) was used to measure non-specific psychiatric morbidity and daily functioning. Higher scores represent higher levels of psychiatric morbidity. Area under the curve (AUC) analyses demonstrate acceptable specificity (78.5–91.0) and sensitivity (71.4–93.5) in detecting psychiatric illness (Goldberg et al. 1997).

Self-reported sleep quality, daytime sleepiness and fatigue

The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was used to measure self-reported sleep quality and disturbances in the past month (Buysse et al. 1989). The PSQI includes 10 questions in various formats. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the PSQI’s performance in a range of clinical and community samples describes a median internal consistency reliability score of 0.73 (Mollayeva et al. 2016).

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS; (Johns 1991)) was used to measure subjective daytime sleepiness. It is often chosen for use in clinical practice and research because of its ease of use, short response time, and acceptable internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha 0.73 to 0.86; (Kendzerska et al. 2014)).

Finally, the fatigue subscale of the Profile of Mood States (POMS-f; (McNair et al. 1971)) was used as a measure of fatigue. The POMS-f subscale demonstrates excellent internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.92; (Morfeld et al. 2007)).

Sleep-related breathing

Level 2 (full, in-home) polysomnography (PSG) was conducted by a certified sleep technologist using the MediPalm MP-22 from Braebon Medical Corporation (Kanata, Ontario). Participants were set up with the recording device in their own home by the sleep technologist and were asked to go to sleep at their regular time. The next morning the sleep technologist returned to collect the data and equipment. All reports were scored by the same trained sleep technologist, and apneas/hypopneas were scored according to the current American Academy of Sleep Medicine standards (Iber et al. 2007). The criterion for a hypopnea was a drop in nasal pressure signal ≥ 50% of baseline associated with either ≥ 3% desaturation from pre-event baseline or arousal. The criterion for an apnea was a drop in peak thermal sensor airflow excursion by ≥ 90% of baseline.

Typically, an apnea–hypopnea index (AHI; number of apneas and hypopneas per hour) of greater than 5 is needed for diagnosis of OSA in addition to daytime symptoms. Patients with an AHI between 5 and 15 are considered to have mild OSA, patients with an AHI between 15 and 30 are considered to have moderate OSA, and patients with an AHI greater than 30 have severe OSA. The current study used the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Sleep Apnea Definitions Task Force’s definition (Berry et al. 2007) of respiratory disturbance index (RDI), which is the sum of the AHI plus the respiratory effort related arousals index (a sequence of breaths lasting 10 or more seconds leading to a respiratory-related arousal from sleep that does not meet criteria for an apnea or hypopnea) (Iber et al. 2007).


Following the informed consent process, participants completed 3 appointments: Time 1 visit, PSG assessment, and Time 2 visit. At Time 1, basic demographics and health data were collected (e.g. age, Body Mass Index; BMI). Participants completed a battery of self-report assessments including the BAI, GHQ-12, SF-36, ESS, and the POMS (including POMS-f). Finally, the MADRS and HAM-D were completed by a study clinician. Following the Time 1 appointment, participants were scheduled for a PSG, which took place at their home on a night of their choosing. Once complete, participants returned for their Time 2 appointment to review the results of their PSG with a physician. Participants who were diagnosed with OSA were referred for further treatment to a sleep disorders clinic in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Data analyses

Data were analyzed using IBM SPSS, Version 27 (Chicago, IL, USA). RDI and AHI scores were determined from PSG recordings. RDI and AHI are reported as mean number of respiratory-related arousals per hour during sleep. Participants were excluded from any analysis for missing data. Demographic and outcome variables were compared across gender using a one-way ANOVA or independent-samples Mann–Whitney U Test if variables were not normally distributed. Menopause was defined as age 55 or older. In general, non-parametric statistical tests were conducted when variables violated assumptions of normality. Kolmogorov–Smirnov and Sharpiro-Wilk tests as well as visual plot inspections of variables were used to determine normality. Non-parametric (Spearman’s rho) correlations examined the strength of relationships between variables and checked for multicollinearity. To evaluate the role of fatigue (measured by POMS-f; dependent variable) in OSA severity (measured by AHI; independent variable) across genders (men x women), a linear regression model was built for each gender. Statistical significance for all analysis was set at p < 0.05.


One hundred and fourteen patients were entered into the study but only 94 (Tables 1 and 2; 73% women; mean age ± SD: 48 ± 9 years) underwent PSG to determine sleep disorder comorbidity. The majority of the participants were in a current depressive episode (N = 82) with a small subset in a euthymic state (N = 11). On average, participants reported a mean score (± SD) of 22 ± 7.1 (N = 55) on the GHQ, out of a possible 48, with higher scores indicating poorer general health.

Table 1 Preliminary gender differences on clinical variables
Table 2 Correlation matrix for clinical variables by gender

Undiagnosed OSA in both men and women with TRD

OSA was identified in up to 79% of patients with a chronic, treatment-resistant course of depression (RDI = 79%; AHI = 65%). Presence of OSA (AHI) was not associated with episode state (depressed versus euthymic; F[1,91] = 0.93, p = 0.34), with 100% of euthymic patients (N = 11, 82% women) scoring > 5 on RDI and AHI indices (RDI [mean ± SD] = 71 ± 40; AHI [mean ± SD] = 24 ± 18).

Men and women with TRD exhibit comparable OSA prevalence

Men and women had similar diagnostic frequencies of OSA (RDI: men, 80% and women, 78%; AHI: men, 64% and women, 65%; RDI, X2[1, N = 94] = 0.01, p = 0.55; AHI, X2[1, N = 94] = 0.01, p = 0.55). Additionally, men and women experienced similar amount of respiratory-related arousals (Table 1, Figs. 1 and 2; One-way ANOVA for gender, RDI: F[1,92] = 0.005, p = 0.95; AHI: F[1,92] = 1.2, p = 0.28) Reported symptoms of depression did not differ between men and women (Table 1; one-way ANOVA for gender, HAM-D: F[1,92] = 1.3, p = 0.26; MADRS: F[1,91] = 2.3 p = 0.13). However, severity of OSA (RDI and AHI) was negatively correlated with depressive symptoms as measured by HAM-D (RDI: r[94] = -0.30, p = 0.003; AHI: r[94] = -0.26, p = 0.012). When analysed by gender, the negative association between OSA and symptoms of depression only existed in men, but not in women (men: RDI, r = -0.46, p = 0.021 and ADI, r = -0.52, p = 0.008; women: RDI, r[68] = -0.22, p = 0.08 and AHI, r[68] = -0.16, p = 0.18).

Fig. 1
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Men and Women with TRD have similar average number of respiratory-related arousals/hr as measured by RDI and AHI

Fig. 2
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POMSf predicts the severity of sleep apnea as measured by AHI in Women A but not in Men B in TRD

Co-morbid TRD could mask OSA symptoms in women only

Subjective sleep quality, as measured by PSQI, suggests that the group reported clinical insomnia of moderate severity (mean ± SD: 17 ± 16 [N = 73]), however quality of sleep in the past month (PSQI) did not significantly differ between men and women (Table 1; F[1,71] = 0.80, p = 0.37). Overall daytime sleepiness scores as measured by ESS scores were mean ± SD, 9.5 ± 6.0 (N = 73), indicating higher than normal daytime sleepiness. Men and women in our study reported similar amounts of fatigue as measured by POMS-f, respectively (Table 1). However, daytime fatigue but not sleepiness was significantly associated with symptoms of depression in women only (Table 1; daytime fatigue, POMS-f and HAM-D: r (Nigro et al. 2018) = 0.35, p = 0.04; ESS and HAM-D: r[65] = 0.14, p = 0.25). Daytime fatigue and sleepiness were not associated with OSA in men or women. However, in a linear regression model, daytime fatigue (but not sleepiness) as measured by POMS-f significantly predicts OSA severity (AHI) in women only (R2 = 0.33 ± 0.12; p = 0.05) or more specifically, in women, for every one unit increase in fatigue on the POMS-f, there is a 0.33 increase in AHI mean hourly respiratory-related arousals. Therefore, in women, daytime fatigue associated with chronic depression may be one factor masking a potentially significant underlying sleep disorder.

OSA worsens with age in women

In our sample, age was not correlated with OSA (RDI, r[94] = 0.12, p = 0.25; AHI, r[94] = 0.07, p = 0.52). However, 75% of participants were under the age of 55 yrs (range: 22–63). We split the group into over and under 55 years of age to reflect the fact that the majority of women will have achieved menopause by age 55. The severity of OSA was significantly higher in women over the age of 55 (one way between subjects ANOVA, AHI comparing women over and under 55 yrs, F[1,67] = 5.3, p = 0.02). On average, younger women had ‘mild’ OSA (mean ± SD, 13 ± 14 SA events) while women over 55 yrs had ‘moderate’ or more severe OSA (mean ± SD, 25 ± 32 SA events). BMI and depressive symptoms were not statistically different between women over and under the age of 55 (one-way between subjects ANOVA for BMI and HAM-D comparing women over and under 55 yrs, BMI: F: 0.77, p = 0.38; HAM-D: F[1,66] = 0.01, p = 0.9). This association was not observed in men (one way between subjects ANOVA, AHI comparing men over and under 55 yrs, F = 0.35, p = 0.56.


The goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of OSA in a sample of individuals with TRD, and to elucidate the roles of gender and fatigue on the clinical presentation and severity of OSA in TRD. First, our results showed a surprisingly high (79%) prevalence of previously undiagnosed OSA in TRD. Second, we found that typical symptoms reported in TRD (fatigue, daytime sleepiness), can overshadow key symptoms of undetected OSA—noting that fatigue significantly predicted the severity of OSA in women, but not in men. Our results also showed that OSA severity increased in women over 55, demonstrating a positive relation between OSA severity and age in women only. To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate gender differences in TRD with co-morbid OSA.

There are several reasons to explain why patients with MDD have an increased prevalence of co-morbid OSA as compared to the general population. For instance, respiratory related sleep fragmentation and/or the effect of hypoxia on the prefrontal cortex were identified more in depressed as compared to healthy individuals during sleep (Nishiyama et al. 2014). Chronic inflammation (increased CRP and ferritin levels) found in a subpopulation of individuals with MDD is identified as a risk factor for moderate to severe OSA (Cheng et al. 2013). General Health Questionnaire scores showed impaired general health in our TRD sample, with no differences between genders. Subjective sleep quality as measured by PSQI showed clinical insomnia of moderate severity in our group, with no differences between the sexes. Depression is known to exacerbate poor sleep quality as measured by PSQI (Hayashino et al. 2010) contributing to the complex relationship between insomnia, depressive symptoms, and SDB. However, the exact biological/physiological mechanism explaining comorbid MDD and OSA has yet to be identified.

Our study supports previous clinical evidence that men and women experience comparable levels of OSA (Heinzer et al. 2015; Valipour et al. 2007). More novel, however, is that typical OSA presentation in women may specifically be masked in our sample of treatment resistant MDD patients. A possible explanation for this diagnostic disparity comes from previous research highlighting that women often fail to acknowledge OSA symptoms and subsequently do not seek medical help. Existing literature identifies possible explanations for this phenomenon: (Kennedy et al. 2016) women may perceive snoring as “un lady-like” and avoid seeking care (Wimms et al. 2016; Fava et al. 2020) a large proportion of women with OSA do not report any of the “classic” symptoms such as snoring or apneas and endorse insomnia, headaches, and tiredness (Nigro et al. 2018).

Men and women experienced similar severity of OSA across our group, in contrast to the general population where the severity of OSA is found to be higher in men (Fietze et al. 2019). Interestingly, women tend to be symptomatic at lower AHI scores due to long-term effects of REM sleep disruption or more episodes of upper airway resistance during sleep producing symptoms such as daytime fatigue (Wimms et al. 2016). We found an inverse association between depressive symptoms and severity of OSA in men, as previously reported (BaHammam et al. 2016). This could have been because men are more likely to be diagnosed with OSA earlier in the course of their illness, particularly if they present with severe symptoms. Since we did not recruit individuals who had existing SDB diagnoses, this could have excluded individuals [most likely men] with severe AHI scores (most AHI scores were mild to moderate in our sample). Conflicting views exist regarding the association between OSA severity and mental disorders (Bardwell et al. 2003); in general, women have a later onset of OSA and a positive correlation between AHI and the severity of depression, indicating a possibility of a causal relationship (Chervin 2000). Thus, depression co-morbidity in women is an important confounding factor that may affect severity of OSA.

Men and women in our study reported similar amounts of fatigue as measured by POMS-f (Table 1). Our results point out the challenges in parsing the separate effects of depressive severity and fatigue in those with MDD and co-morbid OSA. We found that a specific measure of fatigue (POMS-f) significantly predicted OSA severity in women but not in men. Therefore, daytime fatigue in TRD may be one factor masking a potentially significant underlying sleep disorder only in women. This is an important finding given that we confirmed that women with TRD are unlikely to be recognized and treated for co-morbid OSA. Fatigue, at least in part caused by SDB, may be related to the treatment resistance and assessment of fatigue may aid in recognizing co-morbid OSA in depressed women. Thus, simple and reliable measure such as POMS in TRD could aid in identifying and predicting the severity of co-morbid OSA. Despite this, we underscore that fatigue is not likely the sole common factor driving the underdiagnosis of OSA in TRD, as we did not control for other potential factors brought by existing parasomnias (most notably insomnia).

Epworth Sleepiness Scores overall showed higher than normal daytime sleepiness in the entire group with no differences between genders: Complaints of fatigue, tiredness, and lack of energy are equally if not more common in OSA as compared to excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and fatigue is associated with more severe dysfunction than EDS in patients with OSA (Bailes et al. 2011). Presence of EDS is associated with a greater risk of depression in OSA (Jacobsen et al. 2013), and patients reporting higher levels of EDS are more likely to report higher levels of depression (Aloia et al. 2005). Interestingly, fatigue in OSA is more strongly associated with depressive symptoms than measures of OSA severity (Bardwell et al. 2003).

Limitations and future considerations

There are several limitations of this study. First, we emphasize the exploratory nature of our design which restricted our ability to collect data that answered a pre-established research question. In turn, our results are based on retrospective data and analysis in a population of patients with TRD with missing data in some assessments (namely, the POMS). In some instances, this limited our sample size. Given the nature of our population, we had more women in our group and thus our sample size was biased toward women. We did not have data available on additional medical co-morbidities, smoking status or alcohol consumption that could have contributed to the high prevalence of OSA in this population. Additionally, we could not exclude individuals with existing parasomnias with any certainty as we specifically recruited those who had not undergone a previous sleep study (PSG). It is reasonable to assume that psychotropic medications lead to weight gain over years of depression treatment in a significant number of our subjects, further contributing to a surprisingly high OSA prevalence. Further, we were not able to include covariates in our analyses due to insufficient power. Finally, we did not collect data and thus did not control for participant history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia, diagnosed insomnia, or use of hormonal replacement therapy.

Perhaps the most impactful finding from this study is the evidence that daytime fatigue may be one factor masking a potentially significant underlying sleep disorder in women only. Though we acknowledge that the cross-sectional design and constrained sample size limited our ability to comment on causality, we emphasize the importance of investigating severity of fatigue in this sub-set of individuals as it could be associated to undiagnosed OSA. We suggest that future research repeat the battery of psychosocial assessments used in our design with (Kennedy et al. 2016) a larger sample size that is robust enough to assess demographic and diagnostic covariates, and (Fava et al. 2020) with individuals who have previously undergone PSG in order to exclude those with diagnosed parasomnias other than OSA. Additionally, we propose comprehensive assessment and screening for OSA in both men and women with TRD and suggest that quantification of SDB should be standard practice in depression research and clinical care.


We demonstrated that screening, diagnosis, and treatments of OSA are often delayed in a chronically depressed population. Given the impact of untreated OSA on general health and quality of life, diagnosing and treating ‘silent’ OSA in TRD is paramount in improving patient outcomes. This study contributes an updated understanding of OSA and the best practices associated with diagnosis. AHI is now considered an imperfect metric for the definition of OSA with respect to symptoms and outcomes (Malhotra et al. 2015). Given the specific presentation in women and the frequent co-morbidity of OSA in TRD, our results confirm the importance of comprehensive clinical sleep assessment and evaluation of symptoms while exploring “treatment resistance” in women with MDD. We suggest a personalized approach to the diagnosis and management of patients with OSA as most appropriate.

Availability of data and materials

Data is available upon request to the corresponding author.


  1. An adequate trial of psychotherapy is defined as a “10–12-week course of evidence-based psychotherapy provided by a qualified practitioner” (p.385, 4). Participants in this study underwent at least one course of individual psychotherapy, though type and duration are unknown.



Treatment-Resistant Depression


Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Sleep-Disordered Breathing


Major Depressive Disorder


Montgomery Åsberg Depression Rating Scale


Hamilton Depression Rating Scale


Beck Anxiety Inventory


General Health Questionnaire


Area Under the Curve


Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index


Epworth Sleepiness Scale


Profile of Mood States- fatigue subscale




Apnea-Hypopnea Index


Respiratory Disturbance Index


Body Mass Index


Excessive daytime sleepiness


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Kasurak, E., Hawken, E., Kolar, D. et al. Gender differences in obstructive sleep apnea with comorbid treatment-resistant depression. Sleep Science Practice 7, 5 (2023).

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  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Gender differences
  • Fatigue