sleep apnea

When someone is depressed and having suicidal thoughts or their depression treatment just isn’t working, their caregivers might want to check to see if they have obstructive sleep apnea, investigators say. That’s true even when these individuals don’t seem to fit the usual profile of obstructive sleep apnea, which includes males who are overweight, snore… Read more

Researchers from the University of Sydney studied 83 adults who were worried about their memory by testing them for signs that made them “at risk” of dementia, such as brain thinning and poor memory test scores. They then observed their sleep and measured blood oxygen levels to look for signs of sleep apnea. They found… Read more

Elderly people with obstructive sleep apnea may be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. In the study, researchers found that biomarkers for amyloid beta, the plaque-building peptides associated with Alzheimer’s disease, increase over time in elderly adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in proportion to OSA severity. Therefore, those with more… Read more

Disrupting just one night of sleep in healthy, middle-aged adults causes an increase in amyloid beta, a brain protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a small study suggests. And a week of tossing and turning leads to an increase in another brain protein, tau, which research has linked to brain damage in Alzheimer’s and other neurological… Read more

A new study has revealed some of the underlying mechanisms that may increase the risk of heart disease in sleep apnea. The study, conducted at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), also found that statins, the cholesterol-lowering medications commonly prescribed to combat heart disease, may help reverse this process. More than 18 million adults have obstructive… Read more