Sleep Apnea may contributed to brain changes and possibly lead to Dementia

December 11, 2014 8:41 AM

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A new study suggests that breathing difficulties or less time in deep sleep may trigger a risk of brain changes, especially for older men. Though such changes may not lead to dementia, they could elevate the risk for such conditions as they play role in mental decline. Even previous studies have suggested that certain sleep disturbances increases dementia risk.

The study findings are based on brain autopsies from 167 elderly men of Japanese-American origin. AS part of this longitudinal health study, their brain activity and oxygen levels were monitored during their sleep. The study found that 25% of men with the lowest oxygen levels were four time more lik...

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