Common sleep disorder
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Memory Problems can Signal Sleep Disorder

By Wendy Haaf

If you think your memory or thinking ability is slipping, it might be worthwhile to ask your doctor about getting tested for a common sleep disorder, according to the results of a Canadian study.

The research involved 67 people (average age: 73) with cognitive impairment who completed questionnaires on sleep, cognition and mood, and underwent a 30-point assessment of cognitive impairment. An at-home monitor tracked oxygen levels and breathing patterns during sleep. More than half—52 percent—were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder that causes brief breathing stoppages during which blood-oxygen levels plummet. The finding is important because most people with OSA respond to treatment, typically employing a machine that helps keep their airways open during sleep.

Source: American Academy of Neurology’s 73rd Annual Meeting

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