Did you ever notice that you are experiencing daytime sleepiness and fatigue? Studies have shown this can be a sign of a common breathing disorder called Sleep Apnea. Those suffering from sleep apnea actually stop breathing hundreds of time during the night. Researchers are finding a link to memory decline and dementia, along with high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes for those suffering from sleep apnea.
One reason sleep apnea may cause memory problems is that the condition is associated with low blood oxygen levels, which would reduce oxygen levels to the brain. Researchers have found that those with low oxygen levels during sleep were more likely to develop dementia.
Additional studies will be needed to help determine the effects of sleep problems on Alzheimer’s disease.
If you suspect breathing problems during sleep, it is important to discuss this with your doctor.