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Sleep Apnea Could Cause Memory Loss, New Study Suggests

Sleep Apnea Could Cause Memory Loss, New Study Suggests

Thursday, 4 March, 2021 - 06:30
The human brain. illustration: AFP

A new research has found that people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea -a case in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep- have an increased risk of developing cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.

Yet, this disorder is treatable, according to the Medical Xpress website.

A preliminary study released recently has found that obstructive sleep apnea is common in people with cognitive impairments including memory and thinking problems that affect concentration, decision making and learning new things, reported the German News Agency.

The study will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 73rd Annual Meeting being held virtually April 17 to 22, 2021.

The study involved 67 people with an average age of 73 who had cognitive impairment that increases as people age.

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