by Mar 22, 2019|
Sleep apnea causes numerous health issues. That’s well documented.
Snoring (without a sleep apnea diagnosis) has been proven to be less dangerous but can still cause many of the health issues that sleep apnea is responsible for – just on a milder level.
So anyone experiencing snoring or sleep apnea should take notice of a new study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychology Society.
Because it reveals damage being caused to one organ that nobody wants to lose: The brain!
Australian researchers performed a study to investigate whether people with sleep apnea struggled to remember the details of autobiographical events.
They recruited 44 people with untreated sleep apnea and 44 people without any sleep breathing problems and asked them to recall specific events from their childhoods, their early adult lives, and their recent lives.
Interestingly, while only 18.9 percent of people without sleep apnea had any memory problems of their own lives, a whole 52.3 percent of people with this condition could not recall their lives in varying detail.
In addition, they also tested two other types of memory in their subjects.
1. Semantic memories from their own lives, such as the names of people and streets. Sleep apnea sufferers fared much poorer than good sleepers, confirmed the findings of previous studies.
2. Episodic memories from their own lives, such as their first and last days at school. Both groups were equally good.
They quoted previous studies that revealed a substantial loss of grey matter in the brain regions that worked with the autobiographic memory network for people suffering sleep apnea.
This is no surprise, as snoring and sleep apnea starve your brain of oxygen while sleeping. It’s therefore essential you heal your snoring (or sleep apnea) today.