While most research doesn’t support the idea that anxiety alone causes sleep apnea, the reverse is certainly true. Good quality sleep allows you to better cope with anxiety and stress. Sleep deprivation may lead to symptoms that create stress, such as heart palpitations, feeling on edge, irritability and depression.
There have been reports of those who live with sleep apnea experiencing severe anxiety, up to and including panic attacks. And while anxiety doesn’t necessarily cause sleep apnea, some research has suggested that it may worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea in those who already have it.