Wondering whether you might have sleep apnea? If your brain is being starved of oxygen you are at risk of dementia.
Feeling tired all the time
Waking up with a headache
Feeling irritable and depressed
Having trouble concentrating
Feeling sleepy during the day
Struggling to loose weight
When you sleep...
You snore often and loudly
You have breaks or pauses in breathing
You wake up all the time
This can damage blood vessels and disrupt the balance of an enzyme which helps regulate the plaque-causing protein. Scientists say they have found a clear link between obstructive sleep apnea – which affects around 2.5 million Britons – and build-up of plaque in the brain which causes dementia.
In sleep apnea, the walls of the throat relax during sleep and stop breathing. Often it causes sufferers to unknowingly wake up from deeper sleep to take a breath, meaning their sleep patterns are interrupted.
Doctors said the link with dementia was likely to be caused by the brain being starved of oxygen during sleep, which can damage blood vessels and disrupt the balance of an enzyme which helps regulate the protein which causes plaque.
Sufferers are nearly 30% more likely to develop the disease. Scientists say they have found a clear link between sleep apnea and dementia. They found it can lead to a plaque build-up in the brain – a sign of the disease. Screening patients and treating the condition could help cut rates, Doctors said the link was likely to be caused by the brain being starved of oxygen.