Sleep Apnea Linked to Alzheimer's Disease By Lily Etemad on November 12, 2015

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by temporary hypoxemias, or abnormally low levels of oxygen in the blood, and is thought to affect cognitive brain functions. Current research has established a relationship between sleep apnea and dementia: people who have trouble sleeping have enhanced amyloid deposits in their brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects thinking, memory, and behavior. The disease is characterized by an accumulation of amyloid plaques between nerve cells in the brain. Amyloid is a term for protein fragments that the body normally produces. In a healthy, normal brain, the protein fragments are broken and eliminated. However, in an Alzheimer’s diseased brain, the fragments accrue to form hard plaques. Plaque buildup is detrimental to the cells because it does not allow the protein to function properly.                     

Baby Boomers

With the baby boomer population aging, Alzheimer’s disease will be a growing public health issue. In facing this, people should receive adequate sleep, which may prevent future memory loss and even limit current damage occurring in those with some form of dementia.

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