Snoring and dementia
Snoring and dementia
As it turns out – the two may be connected
I read an article recently that was posted on Time.com back in April, 2015 – and in doing so, I learned a very startling and scary fact about snoring.
It might be connected to dementia.
Dementia is a persistent or chronic disorder in which the mental processes of the brain begin to deteriorate. The condition may be marked by personality changes, impaired reasoning, limited social skills, forgetfulness, and memory disorders. It isn’t necessarily a specific ‘disease’, but rather a collection of conditions that are characterized by the impairment of at least two brain functions.
The vast majority of dementia sufferers are over the age of 60. It is, according to alz.org, the ‘only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.’
Alz.org also says that 1 in 3 seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia – making it very common and dangerous. It is, as of today, the 6th leading cause of death in the United States – and it has, unfortunately, been linked to snoring.
How could snoring be connected to something like dementia?
According to the Time.com article, researchers of a new study that has recently been published in the Journal ‘Neurology’, have stated that they’ve found that ‘people with sleep apnea tended to develop memory problems and other signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) earlier than people without such sleep disorders.’
The study, which followed 2,000 people in the 55 to 75 year old age range, revealed that those who reported having sleep apnea or snoring were more likely to develop signs of mild cognitive impairment about twelve years earlier (on average) than those who didn’t report any such sleep-related breathing disorders. Of course, MCI precedes dementia, though it doesn’t always lead to it.
It has been hypothesized that the effects of the short-term breathing problems caused by sleep apnea and snoring could possibly deprive the individual of the vital oxygenation needed for brain neurons – though there are also some other theories as well.
You can read the entire article here: http://time.com/3822965/snoring-dementia-alzheimers/. It’s very informative, and I applaud Time.com for publishing it.
If there is indeed a connection between snoring and dementia (and apparently there is), then we have a definite responsibility to address it.
The simple truth of the matter is that snoring is very common. At some point, everyone either deals with it personally or knows someone who does. So what are we supposed to do about it? Are we just supposed to sit by and watch people snore?
How to fix the problem
While a lot of people do snore, it’s important to realize that there are a lot of options that can help to either diminish or solve the problem altogether. Stop-snoring mouthpieces have been clinically proven to help prevent snoring – and for those who aren’t so keen on keeping a device in their mouth, there are a ton of other options to consider.
With so many possible snoring relief product choices on the market, it’s really becoming clear that ignoring the problem is needless. There are ways to deal with snoring – and many of them aren’t even expensive. Finding an option that’ll work for you could be as simple as ordering the right product.
I realize that a lot of people don’t think that snoring is a big deal – but what many people don’t realize is that snoring isn’t just about the noise or even the lack of sleep. It puts you at an increased risk for a lot of very dangerous diseases and conditions – and there really isn’t any reason to allow yourself to be subjected to such a condition when there are so many positive, viable remedies available on the market.