Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects the way a person breathes when sleeping. It is a potential health risk for many people in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.
According to brain imaging study, sleep apnea alters the white and gray matters of the brain. There is also decrease in brain metabolism. This in turn leads to poor memory, emotional problems, decreased cognitive functioning and increased cardiovascular disturbances. However there is some positive news after a recent study done. It shows that the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy could stop further progression of brain damage in patients. It was seen that a continuous one year therapy helped to completely reverse the white matter abnormalities and helped improve the overall quality of life of the people. Therefore in case of doubt it is best to get yourself checked for Sleep Apnea and start treatment immediately.
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