Sleep Apnea and Dementia: New Link Discovered
Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing many times during sleep. And, the condition has recently been linked to dementia. These new findings are significant because sleep apnea affects over fifty percent of seniors. Sleep apnea causes sleepiness during daytime as well as fatigue. Additionally, sleep apnea has been associated with other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. The condition has also been associated with forgetfulness and other memory problems.
Sleep apnea is most common in men, as well as both men and women who are overweight. It happens when the soft tissues at the back of the throat and mouth relax too much while asleep. This causes the airways to get blocked. This is why people with the condition habitually snore loudly, and they wake up many times throughout the night. However, they usually don’t remember awakening during the night. This leads to tiredness during the day.