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Sleep apnea, those who suffer from it have more memory and thought organization problems

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Sleep apnea, those who suffer from it have more memory and thought organization problems

Study Finds Link Between Sleep Apnea and Memory Problems

According to a new study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology congress in Denver, people who suffer from sleep apnea may be more likely to experience memory and thought organization problems. The study, led by neurologist Dominique Low from the Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts, involved 4,257 participants who completed questionnaires about sleep quality, memory, and thinking problems.

Participants were asked about symptoms of sleep apnea, such as snoring or pauses in breathing during sleep, as well as memory-related issues like difficulty concentrating or problems with decision making. The results showed that those with sleep apnea symptoms were 50 percent more likely to report memory problems compared to those without symptoms.

Lead author Low emphasized the importance of early screening for sleep apnea, as early detection can lead to quicker access to therapies. Treatments for sleep apnea range from lifestyle changes, like weight loss, to more intensive therapies like continuous positive pressure mechanical ventilation (CPAP).

While the study highlights a positive association between sleep apnea and memory problems, further research is needed to fully understand the link between the two. The study’s limitations include self-reported symptoms from participants without professional assessment.

Overall, the study sheds light on the potential cognitive effects of sleep apnea and underscores the importance of early detection and treatment for this common disorder.

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