Sleep apnea may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Sleep apnea may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s

Sleep apnea may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s

Armony in health 28 November, 2017 Maria Clara Restrepo E.


If your sleep is constantly interrupted by a condition called sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

This finding comes from a new study that has found a connection between sleep apnea and the increased production of amyloid plaques in the brain, a characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that the more serious the sleep apnea was, the more the plaques accumulated.

“Sleep apnea is very common among the elderly and many aren’t aware they have it,” shared Ricardo Osorio, psychiatry professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

“Although none of the participants developed Alzheimer’s over the two years of the study, those with sleep apnea accumulated amyloid plaque, which could trigger Alzheimer’s in the future,” Osorio said. You can also be interesting in: Focus on Alzheimer’s

Sleep apnea is when you have one or more pauses in breathing.

Those pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, and they can occur 30 times or more in an hour. It is normally followed by normal breathing, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Keep in mind: Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia where the memory deteriorates over time.