Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that causes permanent memory loss, with worsening effects over time. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 5.5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s and many more with other types of dementia. These figures are expected to increase significantly in the next 5 years.
One of the causes of Alzheimer’s is linked to having a history of brain injury. When you hear “brain injury,” you might associate that with head on collisions or trauma from a car accident, but a common cause of brain injury is a lack of oxygen in your blood to the brain.
Studies show that any situation in which you are unable to breathe normally causes low oxygen levels in the blood. With prolonged low levels of oxygen in your blood, which your brain needs, your brain will begin to suffer nerve cell death and damage; a condition known as hypoxia.
When you or your bed partner snore during sleep, it is actually the sound of a restricted air passage, and is a sign of poor breathing and a common symptom of sleep apnea: a disorder of a collapsed air way when no air is getting into your body at all.
Since snoring and apnea cause repeated episodes of reduced oxygen levels in the blood it is no surprise that many studies show that people who suffer from sleep apnea are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
So if you snore, and have sleep apnea, treating it is your best chance of reducing your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease. At Stop Snoring Boston, we recognize that sleep apnea, and the constant lack of oxygen to your brain, puts you at a high risk of many health complications, including Alzheimer’s. Do NOT ignore snoring or brush it off as just an annoying sound. You may be ignoring a serious risk to your health.
Not sure if you or someone you know have sleep apnea? See if you’ve notice any of these common symptoms, or learn more about sleep apnea.
Ready to take charge of your health, and treat your sleep apnea? Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation at our Quincy office and see if you’re a candidate for a custom fitted oral appliance: our non-surgical, discreet, and effective sleep apnea treatment.
Dr. Daniela Sever, DMD, PC
Dr. Sever is a Board certified expert in dental sleep medicine and can provide a custom-fitted, FDA approved and comfortable oral appliance. The rate of success of oral appliance therapy is excellent though not everyone is a candidate. She has helped scores of patients regain deep sleep by using their oral device. Patients report quiet and restful nights, increased energy levels, improved outlook, cheerful attitude, weight loss, stabilization of their blood pressure, and many other healthy changes.