Heavy Snoring, Apnea Tied to Earlier Brain Troubles

 – April 15, 2015  –– 

Heavy snorers and people with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop memory and thinking problems at younger ages than their well-rested peers, a new study suggests. The good news from the study is that treating sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine may delay mental decline. Sam Gandy, MD, director of the Center for Cognitive Health at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, called the study "extremely important because this is an intervention -- CPAP -- that can be readily prescribed and may delay onset of mental decline."

- Dr. Samuel Gandy, Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Associate Director, Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

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