Research from the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre has found that oxygen deprivations, particularly during sleep, can change the temporal lobes in the brain. Lead researcher Dr. Sharon Naismith explained, “in our study what we've shown is that oxygen desaturation during sleep apnoea is likely to be contributing to changes in memory and the changes in the brain.” This study is the first of its kind, and although a cure for dementia is not available, treating sleep apnoea is easy. Machines like the CPAP, a continuous positive airway pressure machine, can ensure that the airway is not cut off during sleep. Identifying the possibility of having sleep apnoea early can help prevent complication later in life.
AUTHOR: Harriet Tatham
SOURCE: ABC News; July 5, 2018; http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-06/sleep-apnoea-a-risk-factor-for-dementia/9945652
DATE RETRIEVED: July 6, 2018