Experts have warned of the potential effects to the brain that
sleep apnoea can have, as they begin researching the impact of a
lack of oxygen during the night.
Sleep apnoea can stop a person breathing whilst asleep, and can
happen up to 100 times during a single night. The lack of oxygen is
being linked to mild cognitive impairment, and could even cause
dementia. They could also contribute to high blood pressure, heart
disease and diabetes.
This sleep disorder occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the
mouth and throat begin to relax during sleep, causing the airways
to become blocked. The condition was traditionally associated with
men who snore loudly, although recent studies show that this is
more of a stereotype, and women have been increasingly studied in
relation to the sleep disorder.
A similar study in Taiwan has revealed that sleep apnoea could be
linked to the loss of hearing. The researchers found that people
who had a significant, inexplicable hearing loss also suffered from
sleep apnoea, statistically speaking.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes