Quality of life, depression and dietary intake in Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients

Marta Stelmach-Mardas, Marcin Mardas, Khalid Iqbal, Robert J. Tower, Heiner Boeing, Tomasz Piorunek

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Background: The aim of this study was to analyze the association between depression, quality of life and dietary intake in newly diagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients. Methods: From 153 eligible patients suffering from sleep disturbances, 64 met inclusion and exclusion criteria. The polysomnography was used for OSA diagnosis. The quality of life (QOL) was assessed by WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire, self-reported chronotype by morningness-eveningness questionnaire and level of depression by Beck's Depression Inventory. Blood pressure and parameters of glucose and lipid metabolism were assessed by routine methods. The dietary intake was evaluated by 24-hr dietary recalls. Results: Significantly negative associations were found between depression inventory and QOL. Better QOL for physical health and social relationships was observed in the "definitely morning" chronotype. The "morning type" of patients was positively related to the intake of fat, monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin B12. Correlations between QOL and diastolic blood pressure, HDL-cholesterol, TG, fasting glucose, as well as protein and vitamin B6 intake were found. Conclusions: In conclusion, both chornotype and depression influence QOL in OSA patients where morning type is associated with better physical health and social relationships and increase in depression index deteriorate physical health, psychological and social relationship QOL domains. QOL as well as depression and chornotype are also influenced by selected cardio-metabolic factors and dietary intake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111
JournalHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 27 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomarkers
  • Chronotype
  • Diet
  • Sleep Apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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