Sleep Disordered Breathing And Dementia

Fri, Jul 27, 2012

A recent study, lead by Dr Kristine Yaffe, at the University of California in San Francisco, has found a clear and disturbing link between sleep disordered breathing (particularly apnoea and hypopnoea) and cognitive impairment and dementia.

The study followed a group of more than 1,400 predominantly middle aged or older women for up to 20 years.  During this time, detailed sleep monitoring was used to evaluate sleep duration and latency, awakenings, and breathing patterns

Patients with sleep-disordered breathing (apnoea and hypopnoea) and who consequently experienced reduced blood oxygen saturations, were at approximately twice the risk of a cognitive impairment or dementia in later life.

Once again, the importance of healthy sleep cannot be over-stated ... and the dangers associated with sleep disordered breathing conditions such as sleep apnoea cannot be ignored.

Professional treatment begins with a polysomnogram (diagnostic sleep study).  Call us today on 1300 246 637 to discuss your situation with a friendly sleep therapist, or click the button to make an online enquiry.

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