Sleep apnea and snoring are already serious medical conditions on their own because they limit oxygen to the brain and reduce positive airflow during sleep, which can cause a myriad of health problems, including sudden, life-threatening conditions. Recent studies also reveal that sleep apnea may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the studies found that breathing problems associated with sleep apnea can cause an increase of amyloid in the brain, a protein that is also prevalent among Alzheimer’s disease patients. Interrupted sleep, which is also a symptom of sleep apnea, can cause memory loss, and the studies found that poor sleep patterns can be linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
How to know if you or a loved one could have sleep apnea:
- Intense snoring
- Breathing pauses during sleep
- Gasping during sleep
- Morning headaches
So, what can you do?
The good news is Dr. Strauss offers a non-surgical, affordable, and comfortable device to help manage sleep apnea. It is an alternative to the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) device that is typically prescribed to those with sleep apnea. Dental orthotics are oral devices worn during sleep to prevent soft tissues in the mouth from obstructing the airway during sleep, allowing patients to breathe more easily and limit snoring. Also, judging from the results of these recent studies published in a leading neurology journal, minimizing the effects of sleep apnea could potentially lessen the development of Alzheimer’s pathology in the brain.
Dr. Jerry Strauss recommends patients who suspect they or a loved one might have sleep apnea seek evaluation and treatment as soon as possible. If you are interested in learning more about sleep apnea treatment, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our New Jersey office today.