Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sleep Apnea, Memory Loss and Dementia

Marsha from Little Rock;
Question: Could untreated mild to moderate sleep apnea cause concentration loss? I am a 58-year old female.

Dr Shapira Response: Absolutely! Short term memory loss is strongly asociated with untreated sleep apnea. It is also associated with Alzheimers and Dementia if it runs in your family.

Untreated Sleep Apnea can cause numerous cognitive problems in both young and old. Short term memory loss is very common and it may be irreversible if you wait too long to treat it.

Cognitive loss also deals with concentration and ability to organise and complete activities.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 10:59 AM