Anyone who sleeps in a room with someone who snores knows the pain of a disrupted night's sleep. But what if we told you that snoring is actually a warning symptom that helps diagnose mental decline? According to a new report, there may be a connection between snoring/sleep apnea and the development of mild memory impairment or the early onset of Alzheimer’s. And with the study comes some good news: Treating sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine could slow down mental decline, though the lead researcher is quick to point out that it may not cure it. Another important thing to note: The study doesn’t prove that snoring or sleep apnea actually causes mental impairment. Rather, it could just be a way to identify potential cognitive issues. The bottom line: You’ll have nothing to lose (plus better sleep and years of memory to gain) by eliminating all snoring in the house.
Heavy Snoring, Apnea Tied to Earlier Brain Troubles
October 21, 2016