Sleep Apnea Increases Risk for Dementia in Elderly Women

Approximately 10-20% of middle-aged Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Dr. Stewart is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and has extensive training in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

On this blog, we’ve covered the negative effects of sleep disorders, and you may already know that people with sleep apnea are at risk of depression, heart attack, stroke, impotence, low productivity, and forgetfulness. Accidents on the job and behind the wheel are also a serious concern. Researchers now believe that sleep apnea may be linked to dementia, particularly in elderly females.

Following nearly 300 women with a median age of 82, researchers at University of California, San Francisco found that, over five years, those with sleep apnea were twice as likely to experience memory loss and other dementia symptoms. Specifically, women who had 15 or more apnea episodes per hour of sleep are the most prone to develop dementia.

If you or someone you love stops breathing during sleep, wakes suddenly gasping for air, or snores loudly, call James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI today to schedule a sleep apnea consultation. Our dental and sleep medicine office serves patients from Farmington and Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, and surrounding communities.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal