Treat Snoring & Sleep Apnea Early
Can’t find the word, or remember where you left the keys? Forgot why you came into this room? “Brain fog” is an early sign of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) called mild cognitive impairment, or pre-dementia.
Cognitive impairment is a common feature of AD and OSA, and both are common in aging. But you do not have to be a sitting duck.
Cognitive impairment is also a characteristic of Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the severe end of a sleep breathing disorder (SBD) spectrum. SBD, OSA, and cognitive impairment all increase with age, but you do not have be a sitting duck for AD. These research findings show how you can be proactive on your brain health:
- The risk of developing cognitive impairment is higher among older women with Sleep Breathing Disorder compared to those without (1)
- Sleep apnea happens more often in Alzheimer’s compared to same-aged people
without dementia (2)
- Sleep apnea severity is correlated with the degree of
cognitive impairment (2)
- “OSA is prevalent in AD population. Sustained CPAP treatment for patients with AD and OSA may result in lasting improvements in sleep and mood as well as a slowing of cognitive deterioration.” (3)
Why wait until you have to go on CPAP or into an assisted living facility for AD? We may not be able to stop aging, but we can take steps to age better. “Thus, maintaining adequate sleep duration and quality through good sleep habits and treatment of sleep disorders may reduce inflammatory processes associated with aging.” (5)
With a Holistic Mouth (healthy mouth sensibly used) as part of a healthier lifestyle, you can prevent the need for a CPAP machine, Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as:
- Colon cancer 70%
- Stroke 70%
- Coronary Heart Disease 80%
- Diabetes Type 2 90% (6)
Healthier lifestyle, according to evidence-based medicine, includes a prudent diet low in saturated fats and glycemic load, physical activity such as brisk walking over 30 minutes a day, no smoking, and keeping your body mass index below 25. (4)
Best protection for your heart and brain is to combine a sensible diet and lifestyle with a Holistic Mouth, a healthy mouth for natural whole body health. See How To Eat for more information.
(1) Yaffe K., et. al, JAMA. 2011 Aug 10;306(6):613-9.
(2) Janssens JP, et al. Aging (Milano). 2000 Dec;12(6):417-29.
(3) Cooke JR, et. al, J Clin Sleep Med. 2009 Aug 15;5(4):305-9.
(4) Golubic M., Center for Lifestyle Medicine Wellness Institute Cleveland Clinic
(5) Simpson N., Dinges DF, Nutrition Reviews, Vol. 65, No. 12 December 2007(II): S244–S252.
(6) Willette, WC., Science 2002 (196): 695-698.