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Trouble Sleeping Can Lead to Cognitive Impairment

For people experiencing insomnia, sleep deprivation, OSA or sleep disordered breathing, cognitive impairment is common. The brain is supposed to recharge and reset overnight.  Getting inadequate sleep lessens the chance of that recharge happening.  Multiple studies have linked poor sleep with longer-term cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.  Better sleep may reduce the [...]

By |September 24th, 2021|Sleep Apnea|

Obstructive Sleep Apnea & TBI

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant cause of disability and death in the United States and worldwide. Each year, it is estimated that there are between 1.6 – 3 million cases.  Head injuries are usually caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents, impact from an object or assaults.  There is also increasing awareness of [...]

Sleep Disorders and Gray Matter

According to a new study in the Sleep journal, one element of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), cortical arousal, is associated with lower gray matter volume in the left frontal pole.  Gray matter is a major component of the CNS, controlling muscle movements and sensory perception.  It undergoes development during childhood and adolescence.  Studies have [...]

Mild Cognitive Impairment Prevalence in Patients with Suspected OSA

One major consequence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is impaired cognitive functioning.  A recent publishing of the American Thoracic Society shows that a high prevalence of mild cognitive impairment has been reported in patients referred to sleep clinics for suspected OSA.  Side effects of OSA include decreased blood oxygen saturation, and conscious or [...]

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